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Cockscombs

Botanical name: Celosia

Cockscombs
Botanical name: Celosia
Cockscombs (Celosia)

Description

The cockscombs, also sometimes called 'woolflowers,' (Celosia) are a small group of flowering plants in the Amaranth family. These plants are commonly used ornamentally. Several species within the genus boast colorful, spike-shaped flowers and are often grown in gardens and parks.

Species of Cockscombs

Plumed cockscomb 'Flamingo Feather'

Plumed cockscomb 'Flamingo Feather'

Plumed cockscomb 'Flamingo Feather' sports light pink blooms, a striking contrast when compared to its parent plant, Celosia argentea, which produces bright red flowers. This cultivar is also much taller than its parent, sometimes growing to two meters tall. When you look at this plant's blooms, the name "Flamingo Feather" makes perfect sense.
Cockscomb 'Deep Purple'

Cockscomb 'Deep Purple'

Cockscomb 'Deep Purple' is a cockscomb variant named after its brilliant violet flowers, which are quite distinct from the paler and more variegated flowers of its parent plant. These spectacular brush-like upright flowers bloom from mid-summer to early fall, thriving under bright sunlight in well-drained soil.
Plumed cockscomb

Plumed cockscomb

The plumed cockscomb is a bright plant with recognizable red, pink, or purple flowers. It grows best in warm, tropical environments. Occasionally, plumed cockscomb is used as an ingredient in soap. In China and India, however, the plant is considered a pesky weed that reduces biodiversity.
Plumed cockscomb 'Asian Garden'

Plumed cockscomb 'Asian Garden'

The first-ever winner of the All America Selections Award, plumed cockscomb 'Asian Garden' is known for its color-changing spikes of purple-to-pink flowers. A hybrid of cockscomb varieties, this cultivar was named by its Japanese breeder Murakami Seed to promote its beauty in Asian gardens. Plumed cockscomb 'Asian Garden' is very popular for its distinct colors, stunningly tall height, and appeal to birds and butterflies.
Cock's comb

Cock's comb

Cock's comb (Celosia cristata) is a crested flowering plant native to India. The plant is named for its blossom, which resembles the head of a rooster. Cock's comb is susceptible to fungal diseases.
Many-flower cockscomb

Many-flower cockscomb

The many-flower cockscomb, also sometimes called 'woolflowers,' (Celosia floribunda) are a small group of flowering plants in the Amaranth family. These plants are commonly used ornamentally. Several species within the genus boast colorful, spike-shaped flowers and are often grown in gardens and parks.
West indian cock's comb

West indian cock's comb

The west indian cock's comb, also sometimes called 'woolflowers,' (Celosia nitida) are a small group of flowering plants in the Amaranth family. These plants are commonly used ornamentally. Several species within the genus boast colorful, spike-shaped flowers and are often grown in gardens and parks.
Woolflowers

Woolflowers

Woolflowers is native to the Americas and Africa, where they are pollinated by bees, wasps, and sometimes hummingbirds. It has a long flowering season, and the flowers dry very well, making them excellent for water-free arrangements. Its species name, "spicata," means "spiked" in Latin.
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