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
Light: Full Sun
Deer tend to avoid.
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:
Phone: (541) 846-7269
Fax: (541) 846-6963
Phone: (503) 543-7474
Fax: (503) 543-6933
Phone: (360) 624-4901
I couldn’t find any in Burpee’s, Park’s, or Johnny’s