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Cockscomb Crested   
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Cockscomb Crested
N Native Herb
Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Cockscomb • Hindi: Lalmurga लाल मुर्ग़ा • Manipuri: হাও লৈ Haolei • Tamil: கோழிப்பூ Kozhi poo
Botanical name: Celosia argentea var. cristata     Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)

Cockscomb is an annual herb and is very common as a garden plant. The tightly clustered blooms are said to resemble a rooster's comb, thus the common name "cockscomb". Flower colors include red, yellow, orange, gold, and pink. The celosias or cockscombs are erect, branching plants with oval or lance-shaped, strongly veined leaves 2-6 in (5.1-15.2 cm) long and hundreds of tiny flowers packed in dense, brightly colored flowerheads which usually stand above the foliage. The Cristata cultivars are good in containers, and prized for Japanese flower arrangements. In south India, cockscombs are used extensively for the Onam "Pookkalam".
Identification credit: Col. Venugopalan
Photographed in Delhi and Kashmir.

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