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COSMOS bipinnatus 'Early Wonder Mix'

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Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

COSMOS bipinnatus 'Early Wonder Mix'( EARLY WONDER SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Common Cosmos, Early Wonder Mix Cosmos

Special Notice

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General Description

Common cosmos is a tall, bushy, annual native to fields and open areas of Mexico. This showy species has yielded numerous cultivars throughout the years and has become a beautiful and well-known standby of summer gardens around the world.

Like many annuals, this favorite garden flower grows quickly from seed. Its branched stems are lined with feathery, finely divided, light to medium green leaves that are attractive in and of themselves. A profusion of showy daisies top the stems throughout the summer. The flowers consist of a central yellow eye of disc flowers surrounded by ray petals that may be white, pink, lavender or crimson. Butterflies flutter among the bright, cheerful blooms collecting nectar and pollinating the flowers.

Its Mexican origin rightly suggests common cosmos is a heat-loving plant. Overall, it grows best in full sun and well-drained soil with modest fertility and average moisture. Once the danger of frost has past, sow its seeds directly in the ground. For earlier blooms, start it indoors six weeks before the last frost date. Remove faded blossoms regularly to encourage continued flowering.

The garden placement of this cosmos depends on the cultivar planted. Compact selections, like those in the Sonata series, are tidier and well-suited to more formal garden plantings. Tall cultivars are best planted in wilder, more informal garden settings. Cosmos blooms are great for cutting and tall, long-stemmed plants planted in cutting gardens require staking or they will topple late in the season.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    1'-5' / 0.3m - 1.5m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Rose, Crimson, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes