Cosmos

  • Scientific name: Cosmos spp- C.bipinnatus, C.caudatus, C.sulphureus
  • Known as: Mexican aster, yellow cosmos
  • Place of origin: Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean
  • Description: This is an annual and belongs to the daisy family. Can grow to 1.2m tall whilst dwarf hybrids available. Daisy-like flowers in bright sulphur yellow, orange, pink or reddish brown. Flowers are profuse and attract butterflies in the garden.
  • Grow best: Well drained soil, moderate moisture. Propagate from seed. Pinch plants’ top to encourage bushier growth. Stake as needed. Trim spent blooms. Does not require fertilizer.  
  • Use: Sunny spots. Wonderful flowers for the vase.