Cosmos sulfureus 'Cosmic Red'

Cosmos sulfureus 'Cosmic Red'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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(Cosmos sulfureus 'Cosmic Red')
KOZ-mose sul-FUR-ee-us
Genus:  Cosmos
The intense scarlet red blooms and yellow centers of this bedding plant will stop you in your tracks. ‘Cosmic Red’ blooms all summer and looks great at the front of the border and in containers. As with other cosmos cultivars, grow this plant in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. The already hypnotic color will intensify as light levels increase.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Cosmos are loved by butterflies. Cultivar of a Mexican native plant. Moderately drought and heat tolerant.
Care:  Grow in full sun and moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Deadhead to prolong flowering, and also leave some seeds to self sow.
Propagation:  Sow seed in situ in late spring or at 61°F in mid-spring.
Problems:  Stem canker, powdery mildew, Rhizoctonia stem rot, gray mold, aphids.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Red,
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Style
Cottage Garden,
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Annuals

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