Celosia flower, or some know it as cockscomb ,is a broadleaf annual bright flowering plant and one of my favourites. I used to own a flower shop in Canada for some years and worked as a floral designer for about 15 years. When the Celosias where in season I always rushed to buy them to use in exotic or country style arrangements. The colours are vibrant ranging from red,yellow and cerise with sizes that are varied. I always marveled at the intricate design of the flower head reminding me of, at times of the formation of the brain.Here in the Yucatan is the ideal climate for growing and the season has arrived. A couple of years ago I found the seeds in Merida and was excited to purchase and plant. The first year they grew quite large heads and reseeded themselves profusely .This year they are growing well again but diminished in the size of the flower but still remain their magic for me. They are one of the flowers that are quite popular here to use on the altar of Hanal Pixan or the days of the dead ,as they are abundant in the local backyards.
The leaves are actually edible ,having the same uses as the Amaranth family,…… never tried them but I might one day…… they say very nutrional.good for salads and cooked like spinach as a vegetable.
Medicinal Values…A treatment for intestinal worms, blood diseases, mouth sores,eye problems. The seeds treat chest problems and the flowers treat diarrhea. The leaves are used as dressings for boils and sores and the boiled vegetables are said to be slightly diuretic.(taken from Wikkapedia).