Celosia argentea L. var. cristata Kuntze
Family - Amaranthaceae
Stems - To 60cm tall, glabrous, typically simple, herbaceous, 4-angled, erect.
Leaves - Alternate, glabrous, petiolate, lanceolate, linear-lanceolate or lanceolate-ovate, to +8cm long, +4cm broad, entire.
Inflorescence - Terminal cristate cluster to +12cm broad, domed, chaffy.
Flowers - Perianth variously colored, typically red in this variety, 5-merous, corolla absent. Stamens 5.
Flowering - May - November.
Habitat - Cultivated.
Origin - Native to Asia.
Other info. - There are other
varieties without the cristate inflorescence but I think this is the most
interesting to look at. Celosia in cultivation has
many flower colors such as blue, yellow, orange, pink, etc...
Photograph taken off Highway 58, Holden, MO., 9-16-99.