Botanical name: Celosia argentea Family: Amaranthaceae (Amaranth family)
Synonyms: Celosia japonica, Celosia stricta, Celosia plumosa
Silver cockscombs are erect, branching plants, 60-75 cm tall, with narrow-elliptic or lance-shaped, strongly veined leaves 5-15 cm long, and hundreds of tiny flowers packed in dense spikes of silver-white flowers which usually stand above the foliage. They are beautiful plants with soft, dense feathery spikes, produced in profusion. Wonderful straw-like flower when dried. It offers fresh shape and colour to cut flower, or everlasting flower arrangements, with 10-13 cm flower spikes on 60 cm stems. Slender, cylindrical pink or rose flowerheads have a metallic sheen because the individual flowers are silvery-white at their bases. Silver Cockscomb is found in India, W-E Nepal, Bhutan, SE Asia, China, Japan, Korea, Tropical Africa, at altitudes of 500-1600 m. It is also found in the Himalayas and Western Ghats.
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