Common Cockscomb (Celosia argentea cristata)

Annual
C. cristata. L.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Common Cockscomb
Celosia argentea cristata
Amaranthaceae

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    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].

  • Edible Use

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

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

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.
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].
Pantropics.

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