Celosia trigyna is a plant species commonly known as woolflower for its curious flowers.
Celosia trigyna may grow up to 1 m (3 feet) in height and is considered a weed in some regions of the world where it is introduced. It can be grown from seed.
During drought, woolflower has been used as a source of food. The leaves are boiled like cabbage, and is known as torchata.
It is also eaten as a vegetable in Africa.
- Grubben, G.J.H. & Denton, O.A. (2004) Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 2. Vegetables. PROTA Foundation, Wageningen; Backhuys, Leiden; CTA, Wageningen.