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Celosia argentea var. cristata (Plumosa Group) 'Dragon's Breath' (Cockscomb 'Dragon's Breath')

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
1 year
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Celosia argentea var. cristata (Plumosa Group) 'Dragon's Breath'

Other names

Cockscomb 'Dragon's Breath'

Genus

Celosia Celosia

Variety or Cultivar

'Dragon's Breath' _ 'Dragon's Breath' is an upright, branching, half-hardy perennial, usually grown as a bedding annual, with lance-shaped, red-flushed, olive-green leaves and dense, plume-like, feathery spikes of scarlet flowers in summer.


Celosia argentea var. cristata (Plumosa Group) 'Dragon's Breath' is: Deciduous

Habit

Branching, Upright

Flower

Scarlet in Summer

Foliage

Olive green, Flushed red in Spring; Olive green, Flushed red in Summer; Flushed red, Olive green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Red spider mite (box and other) Red spider mite (box and other)

Leaf spot , Root rot Leaf spot , Root rot

General care

Pruning

Remove annual at the end of the growing season.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Celosia argentea var. cristata (Plumosa Group) 'Dragon's Breath' (Cockscomb 'Dragon's Breath') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.45m after 1 year.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Indoor

Cultivation

Plant out after danger of frost has passed in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser every two weeks. Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in full light with good ventilation.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor unheated (H2), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Celosia argentea var. cristata (Plumosa Group) 'Dragon's Breath'

Other names

Cockscomb 'Dragon's Breath'

Genus

Celosia Celosia

Variety or Cultivar

'Dragon's Breath' _ 'Dragon's Breath' is an upright, branching, half-hardy perennial, usually grown as a bedding annual, with lance-shaped, red-flushed, olive-green leaves and dense, plume-like, feathery spikes of scarlet flowers in summer.

Native to

Garden origin

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Branching, Upright


Colour

Flower

Scarlet in Summer

Foliage

Olive green, Flushed red in Spring; Olive green, Flushed red in Summer; Flushed red, Olive green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Red spider mite (box and other)

Specific diseases

Leaf spot , Root rot

General care

Pruning

Remove annual at the end of the growing season.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Celosia argentea var. cristata (Plumosa Group) 'Dragon's Breath' (Cockscomb 'Dragon's Breath') will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.45m after 1 year.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Indoor

Cultivation

Plant out after danger of frost has passed in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a sheltered, sunny site. Feed with a balanced liquid fertiliser every two weeks. Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in full light with good ventilation.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor unheated (H2), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Celosia argentea var. cristata (Plumosa Group) 'Dragon's Breath' (Cockscomb 'Dragon's Breath')

Common pest name

Acorn disease; Citrus little leaf; Citrus stubborn disease; Little leaf of citrus; Stubborn disease of citrus

Scientific pest name

Spiroplasma citri

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Bacterial pest affecting citrus and field vegetables now present in parts of the EU. Carrots are the main crop potentially at risk; but main vectors responsible for transmission are unlikely to establish in the UK. EU regulations should be updated to reflect extended host range. Industry may be interested in pursuing research to investigate impacts on field vegetables.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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