Cockscomb

Celosia cristata

[celosia_cristata]

Thomas Jefferson noted the planting of seeds of "Cockscomb, a flower like the Prince's feather" in 1767. This is likely the crested from of Celosia with its strange scarlet combs that are furrowed and lobed. In 1811, Jefferson wrote McMahon: "I have an extensive flower border, in which I am fond of placing handsome plants or fragrant. Those of mere curiosity I do not aim at." Still, the shockingly curious flowers of the Cockscomb must have delighted visitors to Monticello in Jefferson's time, just as they continue to do today.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): Reds Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.00991,-78.45270

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Blooming Dates 2001: May 31 – Nov 152002: Jun 14 – Nov 52003: May 30 – Nov 142004: Jun 16 – Nov 122005: Jun 10 – Nov 82006: Jun 9 – Nov 152007: Jun 14 – Nov 152008: Jun 24 – Nov 102009: Jun 11 – Nov 152010: Jun 21 – Dec 12011: Jun 14 – Dec 62012: May 24 – Dec 42013: Jun 6 – Nov 13