Celosia argentea ‘Bombay Pink’
Celosia argentea var. cristata
Pan American Seed
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Celosia argentea L. is apparently the correct and accepted scientific name for the Cockscomb. It was described by Carl von Linnaeus in the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Celosia cristata L., now a synonym, was also described by Carl von Linnaeus in the same edition of Species Plantarum in 1753.
Celosia argentea var. cristata (L.) Kuntze was first described as such by Carl Ernst Otto Kuntze in Revisio Generum Plantarum in 1891.
The genus Celosia, the species Celosia argentea and Celosia cristata were named and described by Carl von Linnaeus in the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753. I believe, although not 100% certain, the Celosia argentea described by Linnaeus had “wheat-type” flowers which are referred to as “spicata” were called Celosia spicata by many for years. That name, however, was for a completely different plant which is now a synonym of Deeringia spicata.
It was also described as Celosia argentea f. cristata (L.) Schinz by Hans Schinz in the second edition of Natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien in 1934.
Formerly, crested Celosia was Celosia cristata, then the name was changed to Celosia argentea var. cristata. Now, it appears those names are synonyms of Celosia argentea and the crested forms are in the Cristata Group… Why couldn’t they just leave it as Celosia cristata or even Celosia argentea var. cristata? Actually, you can call it whatever you want, but the botanists “in charge” say the official name is now Celosia argentea when that name used to be for the plumed-type of cockscomb (which look nothing like a cock’s comb).
The Wikipedia has information on Celosia, Celosia argentea, Celosia cristata, and Celosia argentea var cristata. Take your pick… All were updated in 2018. Oh yeah… they want to “merge” the last two. By the time you read this, the Wikipedia pages may be entirely different.
So, if you don’t mind, since this is my blog and I can use any name I choose, I am going with Celosia argentea var. cristata. According to what I have been told by people who actually know what they are talking about, anyone can choose what name they wish to use based on a published description. So, I choose the description by Mr. Kuntze from his description in Revisio Generum Plantarum in 1891. The Missouri Botanical Garden and Tropicos both still use the name Celosia argentea var. cristata as well.
I bought seed of the Celosia ‘Bombay Pink’ fro Johnny’s Selected Seeds in the spring of 2012. Now, I am not a pink person, but the photo of the flowers looked pretty neat, so I decided to give them a shot.
The seeds germinated OK but not great. But, I did take a few photos during their growth…
I thought it was pretty weird that they started out yellow, not pink. For a while, I thought something was screwy.
FINALLY, a hint of pink starts showing up but the flowers looked weird…
Now, folks, you know what they say? A photo is worth a thousand words… SO, what do the above photos tell you? I looked on Johnny’s website when I was writing this page, but it seems they aren’t offering this Celosia cultivar now. SO, I will share with you what the PanAmerican Seed Company says on their website.
Scientific Name: Celosia cristata
Common Name: Cockscomb
Blooming Season: Spring, Summer
Plant Habit: Upright
Height: 28 – 40″ (71 – 102cm)
Exposure: Partial Sun
There, see! That photo from PanAmerican would make anyone drool!
I must say that I am not a pink person, but when I saw the photo of this flower I wanted to try them out. The plants grew fine but the flowers they produced was very disappointing. Maybe you have tried them out and had better luck.
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