Cockscomb – Celosia argentea var. cristata Share this:Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Shop our Growers Choice Subscription! Shop Now Designed with love! Our Grower's Choice Subscription freshly picked and delivered to your door every month. Shop Now 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. Flower Color: Pink, Red, Yellow Availability: Fall, Summer 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. 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 Research 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.