Cosmos or Mexican Aster - Garden Basics - Flower - Annual
(Cosmos bipinnatus )
Produces masses of colorful blooms on a bushy 2 foot plant from midsummer until frost. Seeds are sown directly outdoors. Some varieties grow to 10 feet, however most grow to 1-2 feet. Easy to grow in dry and infertile soils. Deadheading will prolong flowering. Seeds can also be sown in autumn. In warm areas, tubers may overwinter if heavily mulched.
white, pink, purple, lavender, orange, red
early or mid summer until autumn
1-10 feet (1-2 for most varieties)
neutral or alkaline pH, dry or average moisture, well drained, moderately rich
cutting bed, border, edging, dried