Cosmos Flowers

Tall, bushy with large profuse flowers. An old fashion favorite that attracts all the butterflies and hummingbirds

Chocolate Cosmos February 25, 2012

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I am back after a couple years of illness.  

When I first set up this blog and posted an article with chocolate cosmos in it, I have received many requests for information on where to buy them.

From the Spring Hill Nursery:

Exceptional Fragrance Attracts Butterflies!

The alluring, strong chocolate fragrance of this sun-loving, bushy perennial is intriguing! From midsummer into fall these velvety, deep burgundy, 1 ½ to 2″ flowers bloom for weeks atop slender 10-15″ tall stems. Superb as a container plant; outstanding as a cut flower. #1 field-grown plants. Cosmos atrosanguineum 

Zones: 7-10
Light: Full Sun 
Width: 12-15″ 
Deer tend to avoid. 

From Wikipedia:

Cosmos atrosanguineus (Chocolate Cosmos) is a species of Cosmos, native to Mexico, where it is extinct in the wild. The species was introduced into cultivation in 1902, where it survives as a single clone reproduced byvegetative propagation.

It is a herbaceous perennial plant growing to 40-60 cm tall, with a fleshy tuberous root. The leaves are 7-15 cm long, pinnate, with leaflets 2-5 cm long. The flowers are produced in a capitulum 3-4.5 cm diameter, dark red to maroon-dark brown, with a ring of six to ten (usually eight) broad ray florets and a center of disc florets; they have a light vanillin fragrance (like many chocolates), which becomes more noticeable as the summer day wears on.

BTW,  I still have yet to see these in any garden shop.  It is a shame too, as I imagine they would be quickly snapped up by we flower gardeners.

Here is a list of some providers:

Chocolate Flower Farm

Thompson & Morgan

Monrovia Horticulture

Territorial Seed Company

Forestfarm (Williams Oregon)

Mailing Address:
990 Tetherow Rd
Williams, Oregon 97544-9599 (United States)

Phone: (541) 846-7269
Fax: (541) 846-6963

Joy Creek Nursery

Mailing Address:
20300 NW Watson Road
Scappoose, Oregon 97056 (United States)

Phone: (503) 543-7474
Fax: (503) 543-6933

Sweet Nectar Nursery

Mailing Address:
18121 NE 128th Ave.
Battle Ground, Washington 98604 (United States)

Phone: (360) 624-4901

I couldn’t find any in Burpee’s, Park’s, or Johnny’s  

 

Cosmos Flowers

Cosmos Flowers

Cosmos flowers are the October birth month flower. They are a very delicate looking flower that comes in both perennial and annual types. 

Cosmos have about 25 different species. They are commonly grown in Mexico and the southern parts of the United States. They also grow well in Central and South America. 

This particular type of flower comes in many bright colors. Some popular Cosmos flowers colors are pinks, reds, yellow, magenta, and white. They grow to be anywhere from 2 to 4 feet tall.

Whichever color you choose, most varieties have a yellow circle in the center. I like Cosmos because they have such a pretty look to them. Almost like a wide circular fan. The petals stretch open to reveal the delicate yellow center. 

They grow upon tall stems, and are surrounded by whimsical looking foliage. Everything about this flower just establishes its look of delicateness. 

The flower itself can grow in a moderate based soil. The soil will need to be moist, but will have to have good drainage. The roots and stems can rot in too much moisture. 

Cosmos flowers grow their best when planted in a spot with full sun. You can begin to plant the seeds in the middle toward the end of spring. They grow well in the cooler temperatures of the springtime. 

When they begin to grow, the October birth month flower may have some problems. You may notice some mildew or mold on the leaves. Also if planted in moist wet soil, they can get stem and root rot. Again, make sure they are in well-drained soil. 

Once planted, Cosmos flowers should begin to grow in the summer, and continue growing into the fall, if you take care of them. Once you see little flower buds beginning to grow, just water them regularly, careful not to make the soil to wet.

The most common species that you usually see is the Cosmos bipinnatus. They are commonly known as Garden Cosmos. They are about 2 feet tall and grow in colors of white, red, and pink.

The bipinnatus comes in different kinds such as Candy Stripes, Daydream, Seashells, and Sonata.

Sonatas are dwarfs that have blossoms that are multicolored. Candy Stripes are white blooms with an outer edging in the petals that is crimson red.

Daydream flowers are predominately white, with a pink center. Seashells come in pinks and white. They may start out in one color and then have a different shade at the tips of their petals. 

If you live in an area with hot summer sun, you may want to plant Cosmos sulfurous. They adapt better then Garden cosmos to the hot sun. 

They bloom flowers in yellows and oranges. Some types of this variety also bloom doubled petals. 

The variety you choose will have to be a choice of what type of colors or color scheme you are working on for your garden. Also think about the weather in your region before planting a specific species. 

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