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cockscomb cat's eye

Cryptantha celosioides

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low
full sun
upright
6 - 18"
white
spring - summer

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E. Conrad

Photo credit: Elliott Conrad

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Cockscomb cat's eye (try saying that five times fast) is a denizen of some of our toughest growing conditions. Short stature and fuzzy grey foliage allow it to conserve moisture on the windy bare ridges it favors, a habitat where the profusion of dense white flowers seems almost out of place. This plant requires very well drained soils and plenty of sun, so it is especially well-suited to rock gardens and walls. Plant with any of our other cushion plant species, such as cushion buckwheat, cutleaf daisy, woolly groundsel, and fuzzy-tongue penstemon.