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Mexican Aster Facts

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Mexican Aster Facts image by Just Chaos/Flickr.com
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Overview

Mexican asters, also known as Garden Cosmos, are annual flowers that prefer direct sunlight and shelter from high winds. These asters feature colorful flowers on thin stems. They are ideal for cutting and have a fine, light fragrance.

Germination

Grow Mexican asters from seeds by planting them directly into your garden. They tend to germinate in five to seven days when temperatures range from 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

Blooming

Mexican asters have blooming times that range from late spring through mid-fall. The blooms range in colors from pink to red to white with bluish green foliage that maintains a shiny texture.

Poisonous

Parts of the Mexican aster are poisonous when ingested. Keep small children and pets clear of the growing flowers.

Spacing

Mexican asters grow to heights as tall as 48 inches and spread as they grow. Provide appropriate spacing to ensure that the asters do not begin to cluster. Space them approximately 18 to 24 inches apart.

Watering

Water you Mexican asters regularly,even though they are drought tolerant. Avoid overwatering them. Plant asters in soil that is well drained.

Butterflies

Butterflies are attracted to Mexican asters and use them as a source of nectar.

References

  • Garden Cosmos, Mexican Aster
  • Cosmos bipinnatus
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Writing professionally since 2004, Charmayne Smith focuses on corporate materials such as training manuals, business plans, grant applications and technical manuals. Smith's articles have appeared in the "Houston Chronicle" and on various websites, drawing on her extensive experience in corporate management and property/casualty insurance.

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