Celosia argentea cristata
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Common Name: Common Cockscomb
Celosia argentea cristata is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Open moist places to elevations of 1600 metres in Nepal[
Requires a fertile, moisture-retentive but well-drained soil in a sunny sheltered position[
Widely cultivated as an ornamental plant, especially in S. Europe[
]. It is often used in summer bedding schemes[
]. There are many named varieties, selected for their ornamental value[
Leaves and young shoots - cooked[
]. Used as a vegetable[
The flower and seed is astringent, haemostatic, ophthalmic, parasiticide and poultice[
]. It is used in the treatment of bloody stool, haemorrhoid bleeding, uterine bleeding, leucorrhoea and diarrhoea[
]. As a parasiticide it is very effective against Trichomonas, a 20% extract can cause the Trichomonas to disappear in 15 minutes[
The seed is hypotensive and ophthalmic[
]. 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[
]. The seed also has an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Pseudomonas[
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.