Cockscomb


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Common Name: Cockscomb, Brain Celosia
Botanical Name: Celosia argentea var. cristata (sel-O-see-a ar-JEN-tee-a cris-TAY-ta)
Decorative Life: 5-14 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a low percent sugar (~0.5%) fresh flower food solution as higher sugar levels can be harmful. Leaves wilt before flowers, change vase solution frequently or make sure a good germicide is used, either in a fresh flower food or by itself.
Harvest Instructions: Harvest when flowers are about 50% open. Plugs can be stored for 2 weeks in the dark (3 weeks in light) at 50F and subsequently grown into very acceptable plants and/or flowers.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Amaranthaceae (amaranth) family.
  • Native to the Tropical and Subtropical Americas, Africa and Asia.
  • Relatives include love-lies-bleeding, gomphrena and blood-leaf.
Personality:
  • Flowers are in compacted crested heads, 2-5 inches across.
  • Stems are leafy, 12-28 inches long.
  • Plant is an annual, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Mid summer through late fall.
Flower Color: Vibrant yellows, pinks, reds and gold.
Storage Specifics: 39 or 45F is better than 35F.
Tidbits:
  • Celosia is from the Greek word "kelos" which means burning and refers to the brightly colored and character of the flowers. The variety name 'cristata' means crested.
  • Many members of the amaranth family are considered weeds such as pigweed, tumbleweed and water hemp.
  • While not often grown as a potted flowering plant, Harbaugh and Waters (1979) reported that 'Jewel Box', 'Golden Touch' and 'Kardinal' performed well as potted plants under interior conditions.
  • 'Jewel Box' is a favored cultivar and is available in mixed colors. Good as a dried flower. Remove leaves before drying.
Recent Findings: Redman et al. (2002) report that this species does not tolerate cold storage for 1 week at 35F and therefore should be marketed as soon after harvest as possible.
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Common Name: Cockscomb, Woolflower, Red Fox
Botanical Name: Celosia argentea var. plumosa (sel-O-see-a ar-JEN-tee-a ploo-MO-sa)
Decorative Life: 5-8 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into a a water and bleach or hydration solution. Leaves wilt before flowers, change vase solution frequently.
Harvest Instructions: Harvest when flowers are about 50% open. Plugs can be stored for 2 weeks in the dark (3 weeks in light) at 50F and subsequently grown into very acceptable plants and/or flowers. Being short-day plants, growers should light and pinch them accordingly before planting them in the field or greenhouse as suggested by Porat et al. (1995).
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Amaranthaceae (amaranth) family.
  • Native of Tropical and Subtropical Asia, Africa and the Americas.
  • Some common relatives include love-lies-bleeding, gomphrena and blood-leaf.
Personality:
  • Flowers in feathery plume 2-6 inches long at stem ends.
  • Stems leafy, 12-28 inches long.
  • Plant is an annual, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • No flower fragrance.
Availability: Summer through fall.
Flower Color: Vibrant yellows, pinks, reds and gold.
Tidbits:
  • The scientific name is from the Greek word "kelos" which means burning and refers to the brightly colored and character of the flowers. The variety name 'plumosa' means feathery.
  • Many members of the amaranth family are considered weeds such as pigweed, tumbleweed and water hemp.
  • A favorite cultivar is 'Kimono' having many colors. Good as dried flower. Remove leaves before drying.
Recent Findings: Reid (2000) demonstrated that flower food effectiveness varied greatly depending on brand name compared to plain tap water and a bleach/tap water solution. Using 'Forest Fire', Redman et al. (2002) reported that 45F was the best storage temperature tested (they did not try higher temperatures), at 45F they could be stored wet for one week or less, STS was not effective and flower food decreased flower life.
Picture of Cockscomb Cockscomb
Common Name: Cockscomb, Woolflower, Red Fox
Botanical Name: Celosia argentea var. plumosa (sel-O-see-a ar-JEN-tee-a ploo-MO-sa)
Decorative Life: Many weeks in a good garden setting.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Amaranthaceae (amaranth family).
  • Native of Tropical and Subtropical Asia, Africa and Americas.
  • Common related species include love-lies bleeding, gomphrena and blood-leaf.
Personality:
  • Flowers in feathery plumes, 2-6 inches long located at stem ends.
  • Stems are leafy, 12-28 long.
  • No flower fragrance.
Availability: Summer through fall.
Flower Color: Vibrant reds, yellows pinks and gold.
Tidbits:
  • The scientific name is from the Greek word "kelos" which means burning and refers to the brightly colored character of the flowers. The variety name 'plumosa' means feathery.
  • Many members of the amaranth family are considered weeds such as pigweed, tumbleweed and water hemp.
  • A favorite cultivar is 'Kimono' having many colors. Good as dried flower. Remove leaves before drying.
Picture of Cockscomb Cockscomb
Common Name: Cockscomb, Brain Celosia
Botanical Name: Celosia argentea var. cristata (sel-O-see-a ar-JEN-tee-a cris-TAY-ta)
Decorative Life: Many weeks.
Harvest Instructions: If gardeners plant the taller cultivars and if they want to harvest them for cut flowers, it should be done when flowers are about 50% open. Plugs can be stored for 2 weeks in the dark (3 weeks in light) at 50F and subsequently grown into very acceptable plants and/or flowers.
Family Roots:
  • As a member of the Amaranthaceae (amaranth family), its common relatives include gomphrena, blood-leaf and love-lies-bleeding.
  • Plant is an annual dicotyledon.
  • Native to the tropical and subtropical Americas, Africa and Asia.
Personality:
  • Flowers are in a compacted, crested head, 2-3 inches across. The common name "Brain Celosia" refers to the convoluted shape of the flower cluster, which resembles a brain.
  • Stems are leafy, 12-28 inches long.
  • Flowers are not fragrant.
Availability: Late summer through fall.
Flower Color: Vibrant yellows, red, pinks and gold.
Tidbits:
  • Celosia is from the Greek word "kelos" which means burning and refers to the bright colors and character of the flowers. The variety name 'cristata' means crested.
  • Many members of the amaranth family are considered weeds such as pigweed, tumbleweed and water hemp.
  • 'Jewel Box' is a favorite cultivar available in mixed colors. Good as a dried flower.
Recent Findings: While not often grown as a potted flowering plant, Harbaugh and Waters (1979) reported that 'Jewel Box', 'Golden Touch' and 'Kardinal' performed well as potted plants under interior conditions.