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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Welcome to Cosmos Flowers October 30, 2008

Filed under: annuals,cosmos flowers,flower gardening — patoconnor @ 8:05 pm
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Welcome to Cosmos Flowers     

Since I now have my “Zany for Zinnias” and my Marigolds blog up and running, (and growing well mind you)   I am beginning my third flower blog.

I have some thirty-six other internet sites on prose, inspirational writings and medical conditions.  But, I needed a change and what a better idea could there be then starting some blogs on my favorite flowers and ideas on gardening.

Cosmos is another of my top favorite annual flowers.  Like Marigolds and Zinnias, it too is a native of the Americas, originating in Mexico.

It also is loved by butterflies and hummingbirds, alike and is wonderful to use in mixed flower boquets.

If you grow them once, you will forever fall in love with these versatile and lovely flowers.

 So enjoy!      

Pat O’Connor

01/29/2007 – New WordPress Blog started 10/30/08