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.|