Helping You Become a More Successful Gardener
James H. Schutte
COSMOS sulphureus( BRIGHT LIGHTS SERIES)
Bright Lights series cosmos add brilliancy to the summer garden with their jewel-like flowers blooming in shades of orange, red and yellow. They are more compact and broader in color range than the species, a tall annual native to fields and open areas of Mexico. These plants are ideal for use as bedding annuals, in wildflower gardens, or for filling gaps in well-drained mixed borders.
The upright, branching stems of these cosmos are lined with ferny, deeply divided, rich green foliage, and are topped throughout summer with numerous semi-double daisies in warm shades of yellow, golden-orange and orange-red. These are composed of broad yet delicate, somewhat pleated ray petals surrounding bright yellow centers, and are followed by sharp, star-like clusters of brown seeds. Butterflies will visit and flutter among the bright blooms.
After danger of frost has passed, sow the seeds of these heat-loving, drought-tolerant annuals in full sun and moderately moist to somewhat dry, well-drained soil of low to modest fertility. Avoid excessive water and fertilizer, as these can result in leggy growth and fewer flowers. Plants may begin declining by midsummer, but prolonged bloom display can be achieved by sowing seeds in succession. Alternatively, the seeds of existing plants may be gathered and scattered on the ground. They should germinate quickly, resulting in fresh blooms by late summer to fall.
12 - 1
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
2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall
Hybrid Origin, Mexico
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
Spring, Summer, Fall
Yellow, Red, Orange, Orange Red
Bedding Plant, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower
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