Cosmos Flowers

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

Chocolate Cosmos February 25, 2012

Filed under: annuals,flower gardening,Uncategorized — patoconnor @ 4:07 pm
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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  

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