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Celosia nitida

Celosia nitida Vahl

West Indian Cock's Comb

Amaranthaceae (Amaranth Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N), PR (N), VI (N)

The Amaranthaceae are a family of annual or perennial herbs with small, crowded flowers. There are usually 5 sepals and no petals. Filaments of the stamens are often united into a short tube.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Ovate
Leaf Margin: Entire
Leaf Apex: Acuminate , Acute
Leaf Base: Truncate

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Green
Bloom Time: Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec



Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist


Attracts: Birds

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Aztec Scallopwing
(Staphylus azteca)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Celosia nitida in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Celosia nitida in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Celosia nitida


Record Modified: 2013-04-18
Research By: TWC Staff

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