Celosia argentea – Silver Cockscomb

Other notes

Varieties:

  1. Celosia argentea var. argentea: Silver Cockscomb (wild and cultivated).
  2. Celosia argentea var. cristata: Crested Cockscomb (cultivated).
  3. Celosia argentea var. plumosa: Plumed Cockscomb (cultivated).
     

Natural History: An annual, erect herb, native to tropical Africa and now naturalized throughout India. It is one of the common weeds of agricultural land as well as plateau grasslands. The white-pink spike flowers begin to bloom at the end of the rainy season. These flowers attract many butterflies.
It is called Kurdu in Marathi, Anne Soppu in Kannada and Pannai Keerai in Tamil.
Its young leaves are consumed as leafy vegetable.

There are many garden varieties of this plant available, but two are very popular; one with a Crested flowers (var. cristata) like Cock's comb, and another with Plumed flowers (var. plumosa).

 

References:

WFO (2023): World Flora Online. Accessed on 22 Dec 2022. URL: http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0000593019.

Flowers of India (2023). Accessed on 22 Dec 2022. URL: http://www.flowersofindia.net/catalog/slides/Silver%20Cockscomb.html.

eFlora of India (2023). Accessed on 22 Dec 2022. URL: https://efloraofindia.com/category/species/a-l-d0/a/amaranthaceae/celosia/.

Page citation

Kawthankar, N. and Kunte, K. 2024. Celosia argentea L. – Silver Cockscomb. In Kunte, K., S. Sondhi, and P. Roy (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 4.12. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.ifoundbutterflies.org/celosia-argentea, accessed 2024/07/19.