Toronto Ontario - Canada - Edwards Garden - Botanical Gardens - Cockscomb Flower - Texture
The unusually shaped bloom of this plant is best described as “bizarre” or “weird”! A bright red, flattened fan shape is topped by a series of convoluted ridges to form a flower-head composed of hundreds of tiny individual flowers. The bloom is approximately 13 centimetres high, and 12 centimetres wide at the top. The flattened triangular base is about 2 centimetres thick.
Celosias are members of the amaranth family (Amaranthaceae). The particular cut-flower photographed for this article is a cultivar of wild Celosia argenta called “cristata”. Wild celosias are native to the equatorial tropics of Africa, Asia, and South America. The common name for the plant comes from the flower-head’s resemblance to a rooster’s comb. Alternative common names are “feathered amaranth”, “wool-flower”, and “red fox”.
In the closer view below, the small individual flowers growing in the triangular base are just visible. The flowers at the bloom’s base are lighter coloured than those positioned higher up. 141