Attractive in summer gardens! Cockscomb (Celosia cristata) yields brilliant red flowers that are long lasting and similar in appearance to the cock’s “comb” on a rooster’s head. Compact plants grow 12-inch tall and are a nice addition to beds borders and rock gardens. May be dried and used in cut flower arrangements too! (Annual)
Each packet contains approximately 100 seeds.
Planting and Growing Tips:
These heat loving and moderately drought tolerant plants thrive in sunny locations with rich, well drained soil. Start indoors 3- to 4-weeks before the last frost date of spring or direct sow in prepared garden beds after temperatures have warmed. Keep moist while germinating and thin seedlings 10- to 18-inches apart in all directions. Add a layer of mulch to conserve moisture, improve aesthetics and hinder weeds.
Pinch off spent blossoms on a regular basis — or use them as cuttings in flower arrangements — to extend the blooming period. After a killing frost, remove plants and add to the compost pile.