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Celosia 'Crested Cock's-Comb'

Celosia 'Crested Cock's-Comb'

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The Celosia 'Crested Cock's-Comb', scientifically known as Celosia argentea var. cristata, is a captivating houseplant admired for its unique, crested flowers that resemble a rooster's comb. The vibrant blooms come in striking shades of red, pink, yellow, and orange, creating a dramatic and exotic appearance. This Celosia exhibits an upright and bushy growth habit and when fully mature, 'Crested Cock's-Comb' typically reaches a height of approximately 1-2 feet.

Botanical & Common Names

Botanical: Celosia argentea var. cristata

Common: Crested Cock's-Comb, Plumed Celosia, Cockscomb Plant

Necessary Care Tips

  • Light: Bright Indirect
  • Ideal Temperature: 65-85°F
  • Humidity: Medium
  • Water: When the top inch of soil is dry
  • Fertilize: Once a month during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer diluted to half strength
  • Preferred Soil: Well-Draining Potting Mix

Advanced Care Tips

  • A mix of regular potting soil with added compost or organic matter is ideal. Celosia prefers slightly acidic to neutral soil pH.
  • Celosia prefers moderate humidity but can adapt to lower humidity levels.
  • In areas with hot summers, afternoon shade can help prevent wilting. Indoors, place near a south or west-facing window for adequate sunlight.
  • Can tolerate higher temperatures but should be protected from cold drafts and frost.
  • Remove spent flowers regularly to promote continuous blooming and to maintain the plant's appearance.
  • Tall varieties of Celosia may benefit from staking or support to prevent them from flopping over, especially during heavy rains or strong winds.

Plant Insights

  • Member of the Amaranthaceae family, also known as the Amaranth family, is a diverse group of flowering plants encompassing over 2,500 species.
  • Native to tropical regions of Africa and Asia.
  • Known for its unique, crested flower heads that resemble the comb of a rooster. The flowers can come in vibrant shades of red, orange, yellow, and pink.
  • The plumed flowers of Celosia can last for several weeks, adding a bright and cheerful display to gardens and containers.
  • Celosia is associated with longevity and immortality in some cultures due to its long-lasting flowers and vibrant colors.
  • Pet Safe / Nontoxic
  • Medium Maintenance

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