Thursday, February 6, 2014

Cocks Comb Flower

           The Cocks Comb Flower; you may have seen it you may not  have. The first time I saw them growing, was when I was trying to win the affection of a certa
in young lady that eventually became my wife. My Mother-in-law grew them and they always looked interesting to me. They had this fleshy deep red flower that in later years did look like the combs on the rosters we had. Back then of course, being a city boy, I didn’t make the poultry connection.


            Other names they go by are Wool Flower and Brain Celosia, and I can see that too. The flower blooms with a compact crested fuzzy head about 2-5 inches across in colors of yellows, pinks, reds and gold, on leafy stems 12 -28 inches tall. It is a late bloomer, starting in August and finishing up with the Mums in the late fall.
 


            Plant the seedling 8 inches apart in well drained soil, giving them plenty of water at first, but backing off just enough so they don’t get too dry.

            They are the gluttons of the garden, and should be fertilized every four weeks with a good granular flower food.

            Try to keep the water off the leaves when sprinkling, this helps keep the fungus at bay.

            If you’ve never tried them before, and you’ve got a sunny spot for something interesting, stick some of these in the ground this spring; I guarantee you’ll plant them again and again.

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