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Celosia argentea cristata, Common Cockscomb


Widely cultivated as an ornamental plant, especially in S. Europe. It is often used in summer bedding schemes.

Requires a fertile, moisture-retentive but well-drained soil in a sunny sheltered position.

Sow early to mid spring in a warm greenhouse. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts. consider giving them some protection, such as a cloche, until they are growing away strongly.

Edible uses:

Leaves and young shoots - cooked. Used as a vegetable.


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