Leaves and young shoots - cooked
. Used as a vegetable
There are no material uses listed for Celosia argentea cristata.
The flower and seed is astringent, haemostatic, ophthalmic, parasiticide and poultice
. It is used in the treatment of bloody stool, haemorrhoid bleeding, uterine bleeding, leucorrhoea and diarrhoea
. As a parasiticide it is very effective against Trichomonas, a 20% extract can cause the Trichomonas to disappear in 15 minutes
The seed is hypotensive and ophthalmic
. It is used in the treatment of bloodshot eyes, blurring of vision, cataracts and hypertension, but should not be used by people with glaucoma because it dilates the pupils
. The seed also has an antibacterial action, inhibiting the growth of Pseudomonas
Seed - sow early to mid spring in a warm greenhouse. Germination should take place within 2 weeks. When large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out after the last expected frosts. consider giving them some protection, such as a cloche, until they are growing away strongly.
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Requires a fertile, moisture-retentive but well-drained soil in a sunny sheltered position
Widely cultivated as an ornamental plant, especially in S. Europe
. It is often used in summer bedding schemes
. There are many named varieties, selected for their ornamental value
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