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Cockscomb in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Celosia caracus

 

Cockscomb

Brightly coloured flowers resembling feather plumes appear from mid-summer to early autumn. Only annual varieties of C. argentea are cultivated in Britain as exotic looking summer bedding plants which require a warm, sheltered position. Other species need to be grown as pot plants and sited in a warm location. In the United Kingdom, celosia caracas is more commonly called 'Prince of Wale's feathers'.

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plant Features
  • Cockscomb likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Cockscomb likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Cockscomb is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Cockscomb likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

 
plant information

Common name

Cockscomb

Latin name

Celosia caracus

type

Annual

family

Amaranthaceae

ph

5.0 - 7.0 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Cockscomb likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Cockscomb is not frost hardy

    Not Frost hardy

  • Soil

    Cockscomb likes moist and rich

    Moist and rich

  • Water

    Cockscomb likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Cockscomb is 0.35meters x 0.45meters 0.35 M 0.45 M

Celosia caracus

Brightly coloured flowers resembling feather plumes appear from mid-summer to early autumn. Only annual varieties of C. argentea are cultivated in Britain as exotic looking summer bedding plants which require a warm, sheltered position. Other species need to be grown as pot plants and sited in a warm location. In the United Kingdom, celosia caracas is more commonly called 'Prince of Wale's feathers'.


Planting Outdoors Spring

From Late Spring TO Late Spring

Plant outdoors when all risk of frost has passed, in fertile, moisture retentive soil in full sun and in a sheltered position. Grow C. cristata and var. plumosa in pots in the greenhouse. No artificial heating is needed after mid-spring. Grow in good light but shaded from direct midday sun.

 

Propagation by seed

From Early Spring TO Early Spring

Sow seed in greenhouse in early spring, providing a minimum temperature of 15C.

 
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