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Cockscomb

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: 
Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2, Zone 1
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 May 31 to 2001 Nov 152002 Jun 14 to 2002 Nov 52003 May 30 to 2003 Nov 142004 Jun 16 to 2004 Nov 122005 Jun 10 to 2005 Nov 82006 Jun 9 to 2006 Nov 152007 Jun 14 to 2007 Nov 152008 Jun 24 to 2008 Nov 102009 Jun 11 to 2009 Nov 152010 Jun 21 to 2010 Dec 12011 Jun 14 to 2011 Dec 62012 May 24 to 2012 Dec 42013 Jun 6 to 2013 Nov 132014 May 29 to 2014 Nov 21
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