• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    30 in. tall, 18 in. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Fall Flowering
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Mid-summer through fall
    Landscape Uses:
    Landscape Uses
  • Detail
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:30 in. tall, 18 in. wide.
    Special features:Attracts Butterflies
    Foliage color:Dark Green
    Blooms:Mid-summer through fall
    Flower color:Purple
    Flower attributesFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant
    Design IdeasSuch a delicious chocolate makes a versatile bedding plant for all beds and borders. Spices up foundation plantings in high profile locations. Play them off high contrast backgrounds and walls for a dynamic effect. Nestles right into the airy chaos of cottage and country gardens. This color is equally good in darker moody compositions of elegant semiformal groupings. Plant in containers and raised beds. Blends very well with grasses and tall branching flowers in wild and habitat gardens.
    Companion PlantsCreate dynamic color creations with Zamphir Dwarf Coreopsis, (Coreopsis auriculata 'Zamphir'), Copper Rose Mullein, (Verbascum 'Copper Rose'), Becky Shasta Daisy, (Chrysanthemum x superbum 'Becky'), and Mango Meadowbrite Coneflower, (Echinacea 'CBG Clone 3').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Cosmos atrosanguineus is unique because every individual in cultivation today stemmed from the very same original plant introduced in 1902. .All others have become extinct in heir native range of Mexico. Because cosmos are not self fertile there are no existing seeds for chocolate cosmos in existence, preventing the production of any seedlings. It is often referenced in scholarly works dedicated to preserving and protecting botanical genetic diversity.
    Lore:
    Chocolate cosmos isn't just the color of chocolate, they smell like it too.