Celosia argentea

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Celosia argentea, also known as silver cock's comb or plumed cockscomb, is a herbaceous plant of tropical origin, and is known for its very bright colors. In India and China it is known as a troublesome weed.

Description[edit | edit source]

Celosia argentea is an annual plant that makes a striking bedding plant. The young stems and leaves can be eaten as vegetables and are commonly used in stir-fries. The flowers are usually red, pink, purple, or gold. They are produced in dense inflorescences, which are often large and can be quite showy.

Cultivation and uses[edit | edit source]

Celosia argentea is cultivated worldwide and used as a leaf vegetable. It is also used as a medicinal herb in certain cultures. The plant is used to treat intestinal worms, blood diseases, mouth sores, and eye problems. The seeds are used to treat chest complaints and the flowers are used for diarrhea.

Taxonomy[edit | edit source]

The species was first described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753. The genus name 'Celosia' means 'burning' in Greek, referring to the flame-like flower heads. The species name 'argentea' means 'silvery', referring to the color of the foliage.

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