Cosmos atrosanguineusItem #0441 USDA Hardiness Zone: 7 - 10
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Velvety textured, chocolate-scented, deep maroon flowers with darker brown center on divided dark green leaves. Provide fertile, well-drained soil for care-free, fast-growing performance. Tuberous perennial.
- DetailPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:30 in. tall, 18 in. wide.Special features:Attracts ButterfliesFoliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:Mid-summer through fallFlower color:PurpleDesign 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').
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.