Last year, in WBW #8, I asked if any readers knew the name of this plant. Thank you, Cindy and Elaine, for telling me. Isn’t Cockscomb (Celosia) interesting and unique?
Last year, my neighbor gave me some of her yellow ones…
and some of the red, which have purple on the under side. At first, I wasn’t wild about these flowers, but I’ve grown to love the red and purple combination! What do you think about them?
These grew from seeds dropped by last year’s plants.
Cockscomb is perfect for our hot weather. They are very resilient, even in our dry conditions.
Notice the seedlings shooting up around the “baby” Vitex Chaste. I say baby because this tree was a seedling only two years ago – a sprig I found growing wildly from the mother plant.
You may remember that the mother plant, which is about 60 feet away, had an issue we examined in What’s Blooming (and Not!) Wednesday #17.
Surprise, surprise – look what I found yesterday growing 2 feet away from Mother Vitex. (Also, those are more yellow cockscomb seedlings coming up.)
And, more Vitex sprigs, too! (Ahem…please ignore the weeds. I don’t know who put those there!)
What will I do with all these babies? I think I’ll take them over to the tree line and let them grow wild!
They are so hardy here in North Mississippi. I wish you could see the color of the blooms…brilliant periwinkle.
Does anyone know how to get a picture of the true color? My pictures of the Vitex blooms always wash out and look to be white or violet. It’s a mystery…
Just beside the baby Vitex Chaste, I planted a Harry Lauder’s Walking Stick branch I rooted.
I added the arrow so you could find it in my “junk bed” behind the garage. The dead branch you see there is from a Red Bud tree out front. One entire branch just turned brown and died off – another mystery.) Anyway, the structure was so nice (not shown in picture), I’m sort of saving it for an indoor decoration of some kind.
(Yes, it’s a sickness…can’t throw away anything that’s been living. Do you have a hard time discarding plants when you divide them? Like Canna, Irises, things like that?)
I hope to train the walking stick into an actual walking stick – if it survives in The Land of Making Do. You can see how tall this one is, and it’s sprouting leaves at the top.
Our uninvited pesky Mr. Armadillo has been digging at it already. HH is on the prowl for this guy…so destructive.
I wonder how long it will take to grow the Harry Lauder twig into a full stick?
Stick around, and we’ll find out (wink).
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