Jefferson noted planting "Cockscomb" in 1767. By this he most likely meant the scarlet-colored Celosia cristata. The 'Pink Spiked' variety shows spikes of silvery-pink flowers rather than the lobed forms of the Cockscomb. 'Pink Spiked' has been grown in the gardens of Monticello since 1984, when seed was obtained from Colonial Williamsburg.
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Blooming Dates: June - November
Growth Type: Annual
Hardiness Zones: Zone 1 - 10
Location at Monticello: West Lawn
Planting Conditions: Full Sun