Also known as Celosia argentea var. cristata . 90-120 days to maturity. Likely originally native to India, this wild species was saved from extinction in cultivation by the religious significance and superstitions attached to the variety by Indian, Burmese, and Chinese gardeners who planted it near temples. The leaves and young shoots are cooked and used in soups and stews. The leaves retain a pleasant green color when cooked - they soften readily and should not be overcooked. The texture is soft and the flavor very mild and spinach-like with no hint of bitterness. Traditionally used in medicine as relief from diarrhea, bloodshot eyes, hypertension, cataracts, menstrual woes, dysentery, hemorrhoids, poison from snake bites, and blurring of vision. 1-3 foot tall stalks are adorned with crested flowers or plumes of light pink to burgundy flowers. Similar to our Mando de Obispo but at Roughwood the flowers were quite different and smaller. Sow in the spring, barely coveingr seed and keep warm and evenly moist until germination, which takes 3 to 5 days. 100 seeds per packet.

Celosia cristata