Floral Friday : Celosia argentea


Celosia argentea var. cristata IMG_2870

Cockscomb or Hanekam (Afrikaans)

This genus of erect annuals, perennials and shrubs in the amaranthus family contains 50 or more species from warmer parts of Asia, Africa and the Americas, but only one (Celosia argentea) is widely cultivated as a bedding annual and for cut flowers.IMG_2869

It has evolved in cultivation into several different forms, hardly recognizable as belonging to the one species. It has simple, soft, strongly veined leaves; the variation is almost wholly in the structure of the heads of the small flowers, which have undergone proliferation and deformation in the two major cultivated races. IMG_2874

The Cristata Group (cockscombs), with bizarre wavy crests of fused flower stalks also in many colors.

Copy this image and its link to place on your blog





9 thoughts on “Floral Friday : Celosia argentea

Penny for your thoughts . . .

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.