You can’t miss Cockscomb - this feature plant stands out with brilliant colours and shapes that you want to touch in order to check whether they’re real (and they are!).
Colours and shapes
Cockscomb has several faces. The plant is available with flaming torches (spicata, sturdy spear-like flowers), adorable little tails or a fantastic comb full of velvet whorls that look like brains. The colours are blinding: white, red, yellow, pink, purple, orange, green or multi-coloured, which combine colours such as orange and red. Cockscomb reaches a height of 35-40 cm, has a slightly spicy fragrance and needs nothing apart from enough water to keep flowering beautifully for months.
Cockscomb is a member of the Amaranth family and grows in tropical regions in Africa, Asia, Indonesia and South America. There are around 45 known species. The name is derived from the Greek word 'keleos', which means ‘burning’ and refers to the flame shape of the original Cockscomb.
Cockscomb symbolises boldness. If you want to wish someone courage in something challenging, the slightly unusual Cockscomb makes an excellent gift.