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Celosia argentea var cristata

Pronunciation: Sel-o-see-a ar-jen-tee-a cris-tay-ta
Family: Amaranthaceae family
Synonym: Celosia cristata
Common Name: Crested cockscomb, woolflower
Plant Type:
  • annual
Height to: 1-3'
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • -10 to -20ºF ZONE 5
  • 0 to -10ºF ZONE 6
  • 10 to 0ºF ZONE 7
  • 20 to 10ºF ZONE 8
  • 30 to 20ºF ZONE 9
  • 40 to 30ºF ZONE 10
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • mid summer
  • late summer
  • early autumn
  • mid autumn
Bloom Description: The dense, rippling flower heads of this plant resemble cockscombs, and bring unusual style and bright color to the garden and dried floral arrangements alike.
Pests and Diseases: Pests: spider mites diseases: oedemaparasitic nematodespowdery mildewfungal leaf spot
Propagation: Propagate by seed - start seeds indoors 4 weeks before the last frost. Cover them with soil, since light inhibits their germination. Can also be sown outdoors after the last frost. Pre-started plants are often available at retail outlets. Germination temperature: 65 f to 70 f days to emergence: 14 to 21
Notes for Identification: May need staking. Requires regular watering. Plants purchased in cell-packs with crowded roots may develop slowly or may not develop at all if the crowded roots stop growing.  non-aggressive non-invasive not native to north america special uses: cut flowers dried flowers plant info from:  cornell university
Seed photo: 1
Located in: Annual
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