Q. My grandmother grew a flower called prince's feather. I would like to grow it, but can't find it listed in any of the seed catalogs. Can you help me identify it? Also, please tell me how to grow it.

A. Prince's feather is an old common name for plumed celosia, an easy to grow annual flower. Colorful red and yellow plumes can be dried for winter arrangements, as well as being long-lasting cut flowers. They are attractive and hold well in the garden as well. Many varieties are available with a wide range of colors and heights from which to choose. Celosia also comes in crested forms; these are sometimes referred to as cockscomb. Direct seed celosia in warm garden soil in full sun in early summer. Young seedlings can be easily transplanted.

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