Common Cockscomb
Ji-Guan Hua

Celosia cristata, Common Cockscomb, Ji-Guan Hua

A stunning annual with large, velvet scarlet heads, cockscomb blooms from mid-summer to September. This vital and energetic plant is always admired by visitors. It dries beautifully and can be invited to dinner for closer inspection. Gorgeous.
Grow specs: Easily direct-seeded as soon as soil is warm. Thinned to eight inches, it grows to three feet and may need to be staked if soil is rich. Average to rich well-drained garden soil. Full sun. Seeds and flowers are both used medicinally for blood diseases, bleeding, urinary tract infections. It has a small reputation as an aphrodisiac.   (Photo © Ron Hughes)

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