Chocolate Cosmos

27 Feb

Chocolate Cosmos  (Cosmos atrosanguineas), 2 ft., single deep maroon flowers thought summer, actually smells like chocolate! Full sun, good cut flower.

Cosmos is native to tropical America, mostly Mexico, and most cosmos are planted as annuals in the Bay Area. Showy summer- and fall-blooming plants, open and branching in habit, with bright green divided leaves and daisylike flowers in many colors and forms (single, double, crested, and frilled). Heights vary from 2 1/2 to 8 ft.

Use for mass color in borders or background, or as filler among shrubs. Useful in arrangements if flowers are cut just after they open and placed immediately in deep, cool water. Sow seeds in open ground where plants are to grow or set out transplants from spring to summer. Plant in not-too-rich soil. Plants self-sow freely and are attractive to birds.

Cosmos atrosanguineus 

Perennial from tuberous roots. Grows as a perennial in Zones 4–9, 14–24. To 2–2 1/2 ft. tall, 1 1/2 ft. wide, with coarsely cut foliage.

Blooms in late summer and fall, with deep brownish red, nearly 2-in.-wide flowers with a strong perfume of chocolate (some people detect a hint of vanilla as well). Attractive companion for silvery-foliaged plants.

Provide well-drained soil.

 

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