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Nothing says summer like celosia- the color, the texture… come on! These are fun. We’ve been well stocked with Celosia caracas (above) and Celosia Rima (below).
Celosia comes from the Greek word kelos, meaning burned, referring to the flower heads that look like flames.
Celosia are also known as woolflowers and cockscomb
Celosia is often used for medicinal purposes to treat intestinal worms; blood diseases; mouth and eye problems; and the seeds can be used to treat chest problems
Celosia are plants from the amaranthaceae, which is the family of amaranth.
One thousand celosia seeds weigh about 1 gram
Celosia are native to South America, tropical Africa, and the South and East parts of Asia.
Most parts of celosia are commonly eaten in stews, and is a staple food of Nigeria.
The leaves of celosia have a taste similar to spinach.
Celosia are an easy to grow annual, and are generally resistant to disease and pests.