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Celosia argentea cristata - (L.)Kuntze.                
                 
Common Name Common Cockscomb
Family Amaranthaceae
Synonyms C. cristata. L.
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Open moist places to elevations of 1600 metres in Nepal[272].
Range Pantropics.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Celosia argentea cristata is a ANNUAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone 9 and is frost tender. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

USDA hardiness zone : Coming soon


Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Celosia argentea cristata Common Cockscomb


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Celosia argentea cristata Common Cockscomb
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Habitats       
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Leaves and young shoots - cooked[177, 178, 179]. Used as a vegetable[272].
Medicinal Uses


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Antibacterial;  Astringent;  Haemostatic;  Hypotensive;  Ophthalmic;  Parasiticide.

The flower and seed is astringent, haemostatic, ophthalmic, parasiticide and poultice[147, 176, 178]. It is used in the treatment of bloody stool, haemorrhoid bleeding, uterine bleeding, leucorrhoea and diarrhoea[176]. As a parasiticide it is very effective against Trichomonas, a 20% extract can cause the Trichomonas to disappear in 15 minutes[176]. The seed is hypotensive and ophthalmic[176]. It is used in the treatment of bloodshot eyes, blurring of vision, cataracts and hypertension, but should not be used by people with glaucoma because it dilates the pupils[176]. The seed also has an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Pseudomonas[176].
Other Uses
Parasiticide.

None known
Cultivation details                                         
Requires a fertile, moisture-retentive but well-drained soil in a sunny sheltered position[200]. Widely cultivated as an ornamental plant, especially in S. Europe[50]. It is often used in summer bedding schemes[1]. There are many named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[200].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - sow early to mid spring in a warm greenhouse. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts. consider giving them some protection, such as a cloche, until they are growing away strongly.
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Expert comment                                         
 
      
Author                                         
(L.)Kuntze.
                                                                                 
Botanical References                                         
200
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

[1]F. Chittendon. RHS Dictionary of Plants plus Supplement. 1956
Comprehensive listing of species and how to grow them. Somewhat outdated, it has been replaces in 1992 by a new dictionary (see [200]).
[50]? Flora Europaea
An immense work in 6 volumes (including the index). The standard reference flora for europe, it is very terse though and with very little extra information. Not for the casual reader.
[147]? A Barefoot Doctors Manual.
A very readable herbal from China, combining some modern methods with traditional chinese methods.
[176]Yeung. Him-Che. Handbook of Chinese Herbs and Formulas.
An excellent Chinese herbal giving information on over 500 species. Rather technical and probably best suited to the more accomplished user of herbs.
[177]Kunkel. G. Plants for Human Consumption.
An excellent book for the dedicated. A comprehensive listing of latin names with a brief list of edible parts.
[178]Stuart. Rev. G. A. Chinese Materia Medica.
A translation of an ancient Chinese herbal. Fascinating.
[179]Reid. B. E. Famine Foods of the Chiu-Huang Pen-ts'ao.
A translation of an ancient Chinese book on edible wild foods. Fascinating.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
[272]Manandhar. N. P. Plants and People of Nepal
Excellent book, covering over 1,500 species of useful plants from Nepal together with information on the geography and peoples of Nepal. Good descriptions of the plants with terse notes on their uses.

Readers comment                                         
 
Elizabeth H.
Clark Fri Jan 7 18:29:46 2005
The 12 November 2004 issue of the jounal Wound Repair and Regeneration has a paper titled "Celosia argentea Linn. leaf extract improves wound healing in a rat burn wound model" which indicates that this herb can reduce wound healing time in half.
Elizabeth H.
natalie cogman Wed Jul 19 2006
can this plant go indoors or outdoors.
Elizabeth H.
yinka obasa Tue Feb 5 2008
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Elizabeth H.
fasade.Oladimeji Thu Jan 14 2010
I am a trainee at the Agric Yes,in Araga Poka,Epe Lagos. Celosia argentea is also cooked as a vegetable and eaten,it is a good source of protein and also aids digestion in adults.
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