Friday, December 16, 2011

Kindayonan


Kindayonan, Kudyapa, Celosia argentea L., Feather Coxcomb

I have seen this flower since childhood but didn't know its name until recently.  Kindayonan is wild-crafted in the Philippines.  It is an erect, simple or branched, smooth annual herb.  The flowers are erect spikes, the spiky petals are not sharp though.  It is considered anti-diarrheal, antibacterial, hypotensive; stem and leaves are astringent and anti-inflammatory.  My neighbor said it is eaten as a vegetable but she has not tried it.:p


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15 comments:

NixBlog said...

Lovely pictures of this unusual bloom.

Thank you for taking part in Floral Friday Fotos.

Rajesh said...

Very lovely flower.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

A very interesting looking plant. I think my mother once grew these.

Giga said...

Nie dość, że jest pięknym kwiatem to ma jeszcze właściwości lecznicze, to ciekawe. Pozdrawiam

Not only that it is a beautiful flower that is still healing, it is interesting. Yours

lotusleaf said...

This is a favourite bloom to grow in the summer in India.

Eden said...

Very pretty. Great shots.

SquirrelQueen said...

What a beautiful flower. It looks so soft and I love that shade of pink.

Photo Cache said...

i haven't tried planting celosia here. i always associate this all saints day, because it's the one we buy to put in the tomb.

Carletta said...

It's an awfully pretty herb!
Such a lovely color.

kanak7 said...

Fabulous photos! We have them here too...but I guess the shots make all the difference!;)

Lui said...

What gorgeous color and do tell us how it taste if ever you should try to eat it ;-)

Andrea said...

Hi Luna, that is very common with us in the province too, but in Tagalog it is 'palong manok' just a translation of the common English name cockscomb, maybe because it really looks like it. We even get the black seeds to make 'nunal'. What dialect is kindayonan? I haven't heard it.

Modern Mom said...

First time I've seen this flower. Ganda!

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chubskulit said...

like those celosias because it is very easy to maintain!

Beautifully captured.

My Flower Happy holidays!

Arija said...

Beautiful to see and helpful as well. I wonder what they taste like?