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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.

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Growth Type: 
Annual
Color(s): 
Reds
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
July 18, 2018 to December 3, 2018June 30, 2017 to November 10, 2017June 17, 2016 to November 12, 2016June 10, 2015 to November 11, 2015May 29, 2014 to November 21, 2014June 6, 2013 to November 13, 2013May 24, 2012 to December 4, 2012June 14, 2011 to December 6, 2011June 21, 2010 to December 1, 2010June 11, 2009 to November 15, 2009June 24, 2008 to November 10, 2008June 14, 2007 to November 15, 2007June 9, 2006 to November 15, 2006June 10, 2005 to November 8, 2005June 16, 2004 to November 12, 2004May 30, 2003 to November 14, 2003May 31, 2001 to November 15, 2001June 14, 2002 to November 5, 2002June 25, 2019

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