Celosia argentea L. var. argentea (Comment from GRIN: cultivated forms include C. argentea Spicata Group) ;
Images by Aarti Khale & (Karuna Kanta Das – validation by Gurcharan Singh), (Inserted by Bhagyashri Ranade)



silver-spiked cockscomb, plumed cockscomb, kombada, Silver Cockscomb, Flamingo Feathers, Wheat Celosia • Marathi: कुरडू Kurdu;
se-LO-see-uh or kay-LO-see-uh — from the Greek kelos (dry, burnt) – referring to its color Dave’s Botanary
ar-JEN-tee-uh — silveryDave’s Botanary
Distribution: pantropical


Celosia spicata Spreng. = Celosia argentea var. spicata (Hooghly):
This species seems to be the same as in the post – efi thread. The post informs the species is Celosia argentea var. spicata, the current accepted name of which is Celosia spicata Spreng.
This is a wild herb growing on roadside in Hooghly, recorded yesterday (25/10/12).

Yes …, very common as a weed.
May sometimes be confused with Gomphrena globosa but has alternate leaves (opposite in Gomphrena).


sharing picture of Celosia argentea var. spicata:
Sharing picture of Celosia argentea var. spicata, taken at my farmhouse in Mulshi,Pune. Request confirmation

Good picture indeed. This is the inflorescence.
Just search for the small individual flower inside this cock’s comb. You will find small stamens and anthers too. Attaching one of my images showing the individual flower.

Beautiful pictures from both the …

Yes Celosia argentea var spicata, very good pictures and the closeup in particular.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week:.Celosia argentea from Coimbatore BRS 004:
Sharing the images of Celosia argentea from Coimbatore.

Celosia spicata I hope


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: NS 011: Celosia argentea var. spicata:
This one was shot from margins of cultivated land in Panipat, not very common though… Celosia argentea var. spicatahas a colour range from white to pink... this one is nearly white…


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: RVS-5: Celosia argentea:
Here is an young inflorescence of Celosia argentea from Tiruvannamalai, TN.

Agreed there is a lot of confusion in names under Celosia, but would it be right to call it as C. spicata?

I think you are right … As you mentioned, it is unclear if it has to be treated at variety level (ref. many databases), specific level (TPL) or as synonym under C. argentea (s.l.). But I support giving it (and other taxa such as plumosa and cristata) a status (preferably at varietal level) instead clubbing all under C. argentea, in order to understand the level of ‘distinct’ variations/forms.



Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :: Celosia argentea var. spicata : Muscat : AK-7:
Silver Cockscomb with Sunbird taken in Muscat, Oman.

The flowers are bearing lovely colours to attract the sunbird possibly in eclipsed plumage.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :: Celosia argentea var. spicata : Pali & Nasik : 100213 : AK-32:
This is the smaller version found growing wild.
Both pictures are taken in Maharashtra.


plant habit: shrub I suppose
height: about3 ft.


identification no010211sn1: Kindly if it is Alternanthera or Celosia argentea sp.
plant habit:–
height:about 2 ft.

I hope Celosia argentea

I thought of Polygonaceae!!

Though inflorescence looks to me of Celosia argentea, the braching pattern is puzzling. I don’t see as ochrea of Polygonaceae.

Celosia argentia– a member of Amaranthaceae.
No confusion and this species is found everywhere in and around the agriculture field in our areas.

It is Celosia argentea (not argentia).

efloraindia: 160911 BRS 22:  Pl. find the attached file contain a photo of grass for id.
Date/Time-Location: August,2011
Place, Altitude, GPS- Codisia Road, Coimbatore, Near Air Port
Habitat-  Urban
Plant Habit- Grass like
Flowers Size/ Colour:  white/pink.

This is Celosia argentea of Amaranthaceae (not a grass). Tamil names: Pannai keerai, Chunnaambu keerai

Celosia argentea for me too

Celosia argentea var. spicata  I think.


Celosia argentea:  Celosia argentea
Family : Amaranthaceae
Flowers with pollinators
Mahabaleshwar Oct 2011

Attaching one more photo from Archive

These are some of my recent photographs. My previous photographs are available at this link :

lacaly called silver grass

Plant for ID : 30/11/2011 SMP3 Sinhagad:
A herb observed on Sinhagad fort 25th Nov 2011.
Overall the flowers were fairly similar to Celosia argentia but the spikes were much much smaller. The leaves are green bigger.
There were other Celosia argentia plants not very close but nearby which had larger spikes and mostly leafless as against this plant with globular inflorescence.

The inflorescence looks like Celosia argentea, but the leaves in the second pic point to a different plant. I may be wrong but to me there seems a mix up.

Yes … is correct. Leaves in second photograph and most in first and third belong to a different species.

You seem to be correct. On carefully observing the spikes of Celosia appear to be emerging through other plants


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :: Celosia argentea Pune SMP1:
Sharing photographs of Celosia argentea from Pune.
Found widely growing in many places around farms and fields

very beautiful pictures …, esp the one with the insect 🙂 TFS


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week :: MN4 :: : Celosia argentea: Sending photos of Celosia argentea
Place : Kasara, near Mumbai
Date : March 2010
Habitat : wild
Others : favorite of butterflies

Beautiful photograph along with butterfly.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: BS15: Celosia argentea var. spicata from Panipat Haryana:
Celosia argentea var. spicata from Panipat Haryana

Nice photograph … Perhaps we will have to explore further to fix its identity.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: BS18: Celosia sp for id from Shimla:

Celosia sp for id from Shimla
same as posted by … from same place in shimla
tentatively id as C spicata

Still doubtful about it

Celosia argentea var.spicata
se-LO-see-uh or kay-LO-see-uh — from the Greek kelos (dry, burnt) – referring to its colorDave’s Botanary
ar-JEN-tee-uh — silveryDave’s Botanary
spi-KAH-tuh or spy-KAY-tuh — grows ears (like corn), in spikes Dave’s Botanary
commonly known as: wheatstraw celosia • Marathi: कुरडू kurdu
Distribution: pantropical
References: Flowers of IndiaDave’s GardenTop Tropicals
at Vaghbil, Thane on 25 DEC 06

Do we take it as Celosia spicata Spreng?
Celosia argentea var. spicata does not seem to have been published.

Many thanks … I was not sure whether to go ahead putting this var. spicata … could not find it at GRIN or the Plants List. Me too would wait to know whether this plant is just Celosia argentea L … or Celosia spicata Spreng ?

Not aware of any variety spicata.
It is just Celosia argentea in BSI Flora Mah.

Many thanks to all for appreciation. Agreed …, this must be Celosia argentea L. Will revise my notes at flickr, soon.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week : sk-07 : Celosia spicata Spreng.:
This is Celosia spicata Spreng. found on roadside.
ID Help : https://groups.google.com/d/topic/indiantreepix/yMoF0vgyp-4/discussion.

Yes … Very good photographs

it is celosia argentia

Bengal Plants” describes :-
(i) Flowers white, glistening, .35 in. long or larger ———- argentea
(ii) Flowers pink, rose or yellow, .25 in. long or smaller ——- cristata
Celosia argentea L. – In all provinces, cultivated and as an escape. An erect annual, 1-3 feet high.
Celosia cristata L. – In all provinces, cultivated; occasionally as an escape. An erect annual, 2-3 feet high.
Flora of British India” describes :-
Celosia argentea L. – Annual, glabrous…… flowers white, glistening…… The top of the spikes sometimes branches out in a cock’s comb form.
“Flora Indica” doesn’t help much :-
None of the above descriptions indicates that C. argentea L. can be pink (white+pink) too.
At the same time it is very possible that this species is C. argentea L. as have been described in FoC and FoP.
But, according to :-
  1. The Plant List : Celosia argentea L. = Celosia cristata L.
  2. GRIN : Celosia argentea L. = Celosia cristata L. [≡ Celosia argentea var. cristata] = Celosia plumosa (Voss) Burv. [≡ Celosia argentea var. plumosa]
Googling for Celosia argentea results :-
Googling for Celosia spicata results :-

kindly go through this link

“The Plant List” link, http://www.theplantlist.org/tpl/record/kew-2707791, lists a number of synonyms for Celosia argentea L. and two of those synonyms are Celosia cristata L. and Celosia argentea var. cristata (L.) Kuntze.
Google image search for the following taxa results :-
  1. Celosia argentea L.
  2. Celosia cristata L.
  3. Celosia argentea var. plumosa
Maximum number of images in the above search lead to flowers which are similar to ornamental varieties of cockscomb, having a distinct crest on the top of the flowers.

On the other hand search result for Celosia spicata – yields maximum number of images similar to those in this thread and it was also identified in my earlier post of similar looking plant – efi thread.

I admit i was wrong, it is Celosia argentea L.


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: NS 019: Celosia spicata from Shimla:
This one was shot from the garden of CPRI, Shimla.. Is this Celosia spicata? hope to get rectification/validation..


Difference between Celosia spicata & celosia argentea:

There seems to be a lot of confusion between Celosia spicata & Celosia argentea during the Amaranthaceae Week in different threads.
This appears to be same in efi site as well.
To sort out the issue, I think we need to first find out the difference between the two.
Experts may pl. help in sorting out the issue.
Efi pages for both are given below:

After going through the discussions in various threads in our group i find that what i am vehemently supporting as Celosia spicata Spreng actually is C. argentea L. !
… also drew my notice, in the thread at – efi thread.
FoP itself seems to be confused –
Let’s see herbaria in Linnaeus Server :-

Thank you

Thanks, …, I also think that we should treat Celosia spicata Spreng under C. argentea in efi site otherwise there is a lot of confusion! Experts may confirm pl.

As per the Karthikeyan et al 2009 (Flowering Plants of India) Celosia genus has three naturally occurring species in India. These are C.argentea (with two varieties, namely, C.argentea var. argentea and C.argentea var. cristata), C.polygonoides (restricted to S.India) and C.pulchella (restricted to SW Ghats Nilgiris). However, it does not mention introduced ornamental varieties.

Graf 1992 (Hortica) has mentioned ‘cockscomb’ as a separate species C.cristata.
However, Bailey 1949 in his classic ‘Manual of Cultivated Plants’ has mentioned C.argentea as a weed of tropical (Asian) origin with two cultivated forms- 1) very like the wild plants with long narrow silvery spikes (C.argentea var. argentea) and 2) most of the improved domesticated races, ‘cockscomb’ (C.argentea var. cristata).


Chenopodiaceae and Amaranthaceae Week: Celosia argentea or Celosia argentea var. plumosa??…..-GS-32: I am not still sure whether this is Celosia spicata (endemic to Madagascar but widely cultivated) or C. argentea var. argentea, as most Floras list simply Celosia argentea as wild form of this genus.

The links of Celosia pages in the Flora of British India – one, two and three


Hooghly Today : trouble quadruple for….. :  5 correct images as above. 9 posts by 2 authors.

At least four species in these images –
  1. Celosia argentea var. argentea
  2. Sesamum indicum L.
  3. Cleome viscosa L.
  4. Parthenium hysterophorus L.
An unused field surrounded by other cultivation like Sesamum indicum, Amaranthus gangeticus and other crops!!!
Isn’t it interesting?

very interesting… … weeds in an overly fertilized after the main crop fallow field…may be?
too much food in the soil… I wish the farmer had planted some soil nutrition enriching nitrogen-fixing bacterial hosts like some legumes…

To recover soil fertility they do plant legumes, DHONCHE (Sesbania)

how often and how widespread is the practice…

This is an annual practice and by this time some already have started growing them. The plants are now about 3 to 4 ft tall.

any pics?

No, …, haven’t recorded any, for those plants are yet to flower. Attaching old pics.



170713 ASP 116 : Attachments (1).  3 posts by 3 authors.
Please ID this small herb with white flowers on long spikes. Photo was taken in Sri Lanka in Oct 2012.

Celosia argentea of Amaranthaceae.

Yes the shots are quite distant but the possibility of Celosia argentea is high.


Flower ID Request 20131013 : Attachments (1). 3 posts by 3 authors.
I grabbed this pic of the flower of a plant at Irshalgad Fort near Karjat in September.
The plant had grown to a height of about 1 metre. The elevation of the place is about 200 metres.
I have attached a crops of the flower. Please let me know which flower it could be.

Celosia argentea ‘spicata’

Very good picture. It is an inflorescence of Celosia argentea’ spicata’
I can see some tiny open flowers in lower part showing stamens etc.


Celosia argentea L from Kamrup district(Metro), Assam:  Attachments (8). 4 posts by 4 authors.

I hope attached images are Celosia argentea L growing with Alternanthera ficoidea in Railway tract. Please validate. 
Date :21.10.2013
Location: Kamrup district (Metro), Assam
Family : Amaranthaceae
Genus & species : Celosia argentea L
Habitat: Grows wild on Railway tract.
Habit : Herb

Celosia argentea var. spicata
Good photographs

Yes, this one is flowering these days, thanks …


on 20/7/08 in the fields at Agriculture University, Hyderabad; in Aarey, Mumbai on 3rd Aug ’08;  On 29/8/09 in Hyderabad; Panipat District- S

at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivli, Mumbai in the last week of Sept 2009; on 11-11-09 on way to Gende Hosalli [near Srirangapatna], Karnataka; Sonepat, Haryana- 17 Nov 09;
Celosia urgentia.. – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Silver Spiked Cockscomb – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Flora of Panipat District- Celosia urgentia – efloraofindia | Google Groups
(171109-SCS.1) – Wild flower on the roadside, Sonepat,Haryana – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Is it Celosia argentea – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Cockscomb flower – efloraofindia | Google Groups
Celosia argentia.. – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Silver cockscomb (Celosia argentea) ? – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Wild Flower for ID-151109-RK-2 – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Cockscomb – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Celosia argentea var. spicata_SGNP_Sept 09_SSN – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Fwd: id please! – indiantreepix | Google Groups
celosia argentea flower – food for blister beetle – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Celosia argentea (Silver cockscomb)? – indiantreepix | Google Groups
Celosia argentea var. plumosa?(Samir Takaochi) – indiantreepix | Google Groups


Flora of Panipat: Celosia argentea var. spicata from Sodhapur Panipat:
Celosia argentea var. spicata from Sodhapur Panipat
Wild large herb growing wildly near bank of Western Yamuna Canal

I could not Celosia argentea var. spicata either at The Plant List or GRIN as per the following links:
Although links were available for Celosia spicata as below:

Celosia spicata Spreng. according to The Plant List and also Hortus Third should be taken correct.

Celosia argentea L. : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (4)- around 500 kb each.
Location: Kowloon Park, Hong Kong 
Date: 16 August 2018
Elevation:125 ft.
Habit : Cultivated
Nepali Names : चाँदे  फूल Chaande Phool / सहस्त्रजरी Sahastrajaree / सरवरी साग Sarawaree Saag / सेतो चाँदे  Seto Chaande / चोया फूल Choya Phool / सिरौला Siraulaa / भाले सिरु Bhaale Siru

090619AB2 ID – Celosia argentea var spicata? : 5 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)

Identification, please. Celosia argentea var spicata?
Date/Time- November 2, 2017; 09:32 AM
Location- Place, Altitude, GPS- Eastern Melghat; 21°18.074′ N, 77°23.278′ E

Habitat- Garden/ Urban/ Wild/ Type- Wild
Plant Habit- Tree/ Shrub/ Climber/ Herb-  Herb
Height/Length- 2-4′ Height

Inflorescence/Flower- White-Pink colour, 3-4 cm long, sometimes longer.

Seems correct.

Celosia argentea L. var. argentea (Comment from GRIN: cultivated forms include C. argentea Spicata Group)

CELOSIA ARGENTEA : 3 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1)
Attaching a collage of Celosia argentea,

My compliments.
Attachments (4)

SK 2384 13 January 2020 : 7 posts by 3 authors. 3 images- 7 mb each.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Date:  07  December 2019 
Elevation: MSL
Habitat: Cultivated
Celosia argentea L. ??

Yes sir ! Whether C. a. spicata or C. a. plumosa is the question !

I guess it is not plumosa !

Celosia argentea L. var. argentea (Comment from GRIN: cultivated forms include C. argentea Spicata Group)  as per comparative images at Celosia

Request For ID Bilikere o1 : 2 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (1)- 2 mb.
PFA Image
Location:-  Bilikere

Celosia argentea, Amaranthaceae,


Celosia argentea L. :: Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Sep 27, 2008 · JUN23 DV97: 1 image.

Celosia argentea L.
Waghbil, Thane, Maharashtra :: Sep 27, 2008 · 2:59 PM IST :: about 3 m (10 ft) asl
Mix of plants in this observation. The bud and flower belong to Celosia argentea L.


Amaranthaceae: Celosia argentea L.: 1 high res. image.
location/date: Barha, Jabalpur Distr., Madhya Pradesh, October 1994


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