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  Celosia argentea var. cristata (L.) Kuntze.
  Family Name : Amaranthaceae

  Synonyms : Celosia cristata

  Common Names : Cockscomb, Common Cockscomb

  Chinese Name : 鸡冠花

Cockscomb,Common Cockscomb
  • Record Info
    • Featured in '1001 Garden Plants in Singapore' Book (2ed) :
  • Life Stage & Characteristics
    • Plant Division :
      Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
      Plant Growth Form :
      Shrub (Herbaceous)
      Lifespan (in Singapore) :
      Semi-Annual / Annual-Like, Annual
      Mode of Nutrition :
      Maximum Height :
      1 m
  • Biogeography
    • Native Distribution :
      East Indies
  • Description & Ethnobotany
    • Plant Morphology :
      [Others]: A herbaceous annual, 0.6 to 1 m in height. Leaves are ovate to lanceolate, fresh green and tender to touch. Inflorescences are velvety, shaped like a fan or rounded and convoluted, resembling a brain or the cock’s comb, thus the common name ‘Cockscomb’. The showy flowers may last for around 8 weeks and can be used in floral arrangements as cut or dried flowers. Propagated by seeds and prefers rich and moist soils that are well-drained. Can be grown as a potted plant indoors. Has medicinal properties. Species epithet means ‘silvery’, as flower base is silvery while variety name ‘cristata’ means crested, referring to the foldings and crests in the flowers.
      Ethnobotanical Uses :
      Food (Herb & Spice)
      Medicinal, Cut / Dried Flower
      [Others]: Seeds said to be hypotensive and ophthalmic, used to treat eye problems such as bloodshot eyes and “blurred eyes”. Flowers used as a haemostatic to treat discharge of blood, such as bloody stool, haemorrhoid bleeding and uterine bleeding.
  • Landscaping Features
    • Desirable Plant Features :
      Ornamental Flowers
      Plant & Rootzone Preference/Tolerance :
      Well-Drained Soils
      Landscape Uses :
      Flowerbed / Border, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Container Planting
  • Plant Care & Propagation
    • Light Preference :
      Full Sun
      Water Preference :
      Moderate Water
      Maintenance Requirements :
      Propagation Method :
  • Foliar
    • Foliage Retention :
      Mature Foliage Colour(s) :
      Mature Foliage Texture(s) :
      Foliar Type :
      Simple / Unifoliate
      Foliar Arrangement Along Stem :
      Foliar Shape(s) :
      Non-Palm Foliage (Elliptical)
      Foliar Venation :
      Pinnate / Net
      Foliar Margin :
  • Non-Foliar & Storage
    • Stem Type & Modification :
  • Floral (Angiosperm)
    • Flower Colour(s) :
The information given on this website has been compiled from reference works on medicinal plants and/or pron only. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Reliance on this information is strictly at your own risk. You should always consult your physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.

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