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A sturdy long-blooming annual, this impressive plant is ideal for the back of the border. Its bright flowers come in many colors, including hot pink, peach, deep rose, yellow, and red.

Latin Name

Celosia argentea var. cristata



Type of Plant

Annuals Annuals

Bloom Season

July - October


Summer Summer
Fall Fall


Max height Max Height: 5'
Max spread Max Spread: 2'


  • Annual
  • Flower Border
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Drought
  • Dry Soil

  • Attracted Wildlife

    Butterflies Butterflies


    Native Range



    John Custis of Williamsburg received cockscomb seeds from plantsman Peter Collinson of London in 1738.

    Other Details

    Grown by Washington Grown by Washington
    Sold at Mount Vernon Sold at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden

  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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