Cockscomb (Cristata Group)

Celosia argentea var. cristata

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Celosia (se-LO-see-uh) (Info)
Species: argentea var. cristata
Synonym:Celosia cristata
Synonym:Celosia pyramidalis
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Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:



Bright Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Mid Fall



Good Fall Color

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Foley, Alabama

Little Rock, Arkansas

Fairfield, California

Grover Beach, California

Livermore, California

Bartow, Florida

Jacksonville, Florida

Orlando, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Athens, Georgia

Machesney Park, Illinois

Mulkeytown, Illinois

Toddville, Iowa

Plain Dealing, Louisiana

Roseland, Louisiana

North East, Maryland

Parkville, Maryland

Pasadena, Maryland

Mathiston, Mississippi

Conway, Missouri

Blair, Nebraska

Manchester, New Hampshire

Southold, New York

Greensboro, North Carolina

Vinton, Ohio

Enid, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Reading, Pennsylvania

Clemson, South Carolina

Cookeville, Tennessee

Franklin, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Mc Minnville, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Conroe, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Garland, Texas

Hockley, Texas

Houston, Texas (3 reports)

Port Lavaca, Texas

Alexandria, Virginia

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 29, 2015, AlohaMontanaDesign from Grover Beach, CA wrote:

Celosia argentea cristata 'Cramer's Amazon'

The most noticed plant in my unusual collection. It is noticed as it is one single stem 38 high and the leaves hug closely to the stem. The max diameter of leaf tips is under 4. It looks like a decorated pole. Think the Empire State Building in 1940 New York.

I have about 130 species of plants in my yard, mostly in pots. I started January 2015. It was 4 and $4. I bought it just before I started recording purchase dates so probably June or July. It grew from 10 about an inch a day to 32 and now has stalled at 38 and is building a width. It is in a 10 inch pot. Time to go to a five gallon.

The leaves are half green half red purple. The flowers are fireworks. It is named Lagos Spina... read more


On Oct 16, 2014, Gale62865 from MULKEYTOWN, IL (Zone 6b) wrote:

I was told they would be about 3'. Please check the pic of this plant. My wife is 5'6" and they are over her head. You can see I am very pleased with them. I would appreciate seeds for other colors if anyone have some. I will send free seeds if anyone wants them. Send a sase to me. Gale Jackson 4013 Church Rd. Mulkeytown I'll. 62865.


On Jul 14, 2014, meridannight wrote:

not had a good experience with this one. i've killed all two of the ones i bought. the first one i think i overwatered (although the roots looked completely healthy and weren't rotten), the other one i was more careful with and it still died.

i repotted both of them and i think that had something to do with their decline, since both of them were fine up until repotting. i used soil requirements posted online somewhere but maybe i got it wrong. i know i used two different soil types on either plant so they didn't have identical soils, and they both declined very rapidly, within 10 days from repotting. i don't know what i did wrong.


On Feb 3, 2014, dunwawry from Greensboro, NC
United States wrote:

I got four seedlings last summer at the county ag annual plant sale. Somebody came up to me and offered them for free, they were shutting down. I had no idea what they were, but hey, they were free. The seedlings then got dropped, twice, and remained in the small sized six flat for 5 or 6 weeks prior to planting in the ground. They'd been through some abuse, and looked it. I had six originally but two were completely nuked. I was in the midst of relandscaping so I quickly planted them in a small out-of-the-way but sunny spot that I hadn't decided what to do with yet, and forgot about them. They got the benefit of an unusually rainy summer/fall, but they didn't make my priority list. My point is....... these plants are 'hard to kill' hardy, a category I've don't quite a bit of person... read more


On Aug 29, 2013, Floralova from Foley, AL wrote:

Hi! I didn't see any entries for the state of Alabama as a growth territory so here it is! We are very successfully growing the Celosia Argentea Cristata in lower Alabama in the county of Baldwin. We were given the seeds by a gardener working in the gardens of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain 2 years ago. We hoped they would survive but this plant has done a lot more than that it is thriving in spectacular fashion and is a constant reminder of the wonderful visit we had in the old gardens of the Alhambra. I have another plant growing in a clay pot but it is not doing nearly as well as the one in the ground. LOVE this flower. Will be looking to get more in other colors like yellow and orange


On Aug 26, 2013, mcmai from Kensington, CA wrote:



On Jul 28, 2012, Jcmeinster from Conroe, TX wrote:

This Celosia Argentea var. Cristata and Tagetes Erecta (Mexican marygold ) are a must have flower in Southeastern Mexico for "Dia de los Muertos "(The day of the death November 2th Mexico observed holidays) Floral arrangements are a good use for this plant . Plant foliage is weed like ,pale green with many times pinkish coloration , to 5' tall up right and branching habit , normally the main trunk of the plant exhibit a bigger flower , it will reseed itself under the right conditions and become a bit invasive but easy to eradicate by pulling out young plantlets ,or early collection of seeds. I specially recommend this annual for Fall bloomers companion , red and magenta colors in special .


On Aug 11, 2009, SW_gardener from (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love these! So easy to grow from seed and they carry such charm!


On Aug 3, 2009, lothianjavert from North East, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Celosias are an annual that I've grown for quite a few years. My current celosias are an unnamed cockscomb type variety that reseeds freely for me. Before this bunch, I had only grown the shorter, more compact types (12" or so). These are all pushing 6' and well branched when happy. I have no idea what cultivars they come from. My husband brought them home from the ag department at his school. They were a few of the sole survivors after the greenhouse's vents malfunctioned and it overheated. They were thin and scraggly, but once planted took off. As they kept getting taller, I kept cutting them back severely, hoping to keep them short. It was in vain. They developed massive bases and large cockscombs in magenta or yellow, as well as side branches that also bloomed. I now keep th... read more


On Oct 13, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Celosia - Cockscomb, Chinese Woodflower
This genus of erect annuals, perennials and shrubs in the amaranthus family contains 50 or more species from warmer parts of Asia, Africa and the Americas, but only one (Celosia argentea) is widely cultivated as a bedding annual and for cut flowers. It has evolved in cultivation into several different forms, hardly recognizable as belonging to the one species. It has simple, soft, strongly veined leaves; the variation is almost wholly in the structure of the heads of the small flowers, which have undergone proliferation and deformation in the two major cultivated races.
Cultivation: In cool climates celosias are treated as conservatory plants, or planted out for summer bedding after raising seedlings under glass in spring. They are bett... read more


On Aug 6, 2006, tmccullo from Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

We got seeds from a huge bloom a woman from Peru gave us. I planted a hand full of them in early spring and 4 months later they are almost 5' tall and the blooms are bigger than my hand and still growing. They love the sun and seem to be resistant to many of the problems we have with our clay soil.


On Jan 25, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Light aids germination of seeds.


On Aug 29, 2005, flowercrazy39 from Manchester, NH wrote:

I've grown this plant from seed for two years and it's still thriving. I will continue to grow it again next year, maybe in a different color.


On Jun 22, 2003, Crain wrote:

I have started plants from seeds in my basement for last 2 years and transplanted outside the first of June. Produces a very pretty leaf that looks good enough to eat and the most beautiful flower I have ever seen.


On Mar 19, 2001, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

These popular annuals deliver long-lasting color in the garden. They also make striking additions to fresh or dried arrangements. Several varieties exist.