Celosia Cristata, aka Cockscomb, has shown up as a new flower in this year’s flower bed at the park. All of these were the red variety and some stood nearly two feet tall. I do not remember ever examining these before and they are an interesting sight. As mentioned, they were quite tall, the stems are thick and fibrous, the flowers have a wavy ridge of petals, and the seed pack just below the flowers have an enormous number of seeds. The common name, cockscomb, describes the shape of the flower which is similar to the head of a rooster.
(Click on any picture to open the gallery and zoom-in on this strange flower!)