I was out shopping for some Flowers and wanted to get some very beautifull flowers as the 4rth of July will be up on us very soon and I wanted to add some color to the place.
So I picked these up and on the label it said "Celosia".
Well nature has some rules on plants can can be bad for us:
“leaflets of three, beware of me".
So like any person that wanted to know if this plant was Toxic or Not I began to search and this is what I came up with.
It is used as a treatment for intestinal worms (particularly tapeworm), blood diseases, mouth sores, eye problems. The seeds treat chest complaints and the flowers treat diarrhea. The leaves are used as dressings for boils and sores, and the boiled vegetables are said to be slightly diuretic.
As a garden plant:
Seed production in these species can be very high, 200-700 kg per hectare. One ounce of seed may contain up to 43,005 seeds. One thousand seeds can weigh 1.0-1.2 grams. Depending upon the location and fertility of the soil, blossoms can last 8-10 weeks.
Celosia cristata is a common garden ornamental plant in China and other places.
As a food:
Celosia argentea var. argentea or Lagos spinach (a.k.a. quail grass, Soko, Celosia, feather cockscomb) is a broadleaf annual leaf vegetable. It grows widespread across Mexico, where it is known as "Velvet flower", northern South America, tropical Africa, the West Indies, South, East and Southeast Asia where it is grown as a native or naturalized wildflower, and is cultivated as a nutritious leafy green vegetable. It is traditional fare in the countries of Central and West Africa, and is one of the leading leafy green vegetables in Nigeria, where it is known as ‘soko yokoto’, meaning "make husbands fat and happy". In Spain it is known as "Rooster comb" because of its appearance.
As a grain, Cockscomb is a pseudo-cereal, not a true cereal.
These leaves are used—not to mention young stems and young inflorescences—soften up readily and are used for stew. The leaves also have a soft texture and has a mild spinach-like taste. They are also pepped up with such things as hot pepper, garlic, fresh lime, and red palm oil and eaten as a side dish.
So if indeed this plant is edible, looks like I need to learn how to prepare it for a 4rth of July Suprise. as it would make a very colorful garnish :)
So looking for a person who has been in botany and herbatoglogy to let me know what it is a I have :)
So I hope that this has been helpfull and I hope that the coments I get inreturn will help me and others to better understand plants that are edible.