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None of the Celosia species is poisonous, on the contrary. Some varieties are used as edible plants in their Asian or African homeland. But they can do even more, namely keeping weeds away and increasing grain yields by using them as cover crops.

Even if the bright color of the Celosia caracas suggests otherwise: it is not poisonous

The celosia can very well be prepared in a similar way to spinach, but the young stalks are also edible. Use the flowers as an edible decoration or for ice cubes. Celosia tolerate strong seasoning with garlic, chili or hot pepper.

Can I grow Celosia in my garden?

The Celosia is not hardy, but can stand well in the garden in summer. However, it needs a sunny spot without direct midday sun. However, it is relatively easy to care for.

The essentials in brief:

  • non-toxic
  • Edible parts: young stems, leaves, flowers
  • can be cooked like spinach

tips

If you love the exotic, then prepare the Celosia leaves as a vegetable side dish.

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