Thomas Jefferson noted the planting of seeds of
“Cockscomb, a flower like the Prince’s feather,”
in 1767. He may have been referring to the
crested form of Celosia with its strange scarlet
combs that are furrowed and lobed. Still today,
the shockingly curious, fiery-red flowers of the
Cockscomb delight visitors to Monticello.
Introduced from Asia in the 16th century, this
tender, tropical annual grows 3'-4' tall. Sow
indoors in pots or plant seeds in a sunny site after
the last spring frosts.
Approximately 70-75 seeds per pack.
Line Drawing from Henderson's Handbook of Plants
by Peter Henderson (1890)