Botanical Name: Cosmos bipinnatus
Native: Mexico and Arizona
Plant Dimensions: 3’–5′ tall
Variety Information: 3″–4″ solid colored (and a few bi-colored) blossoms of white, pink, rose, and crimson, with rolled, quilled petals surrounding yellow centers
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Drought Tolerant, Deer Resistant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
Seed Depth: Barely cover
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12″
Thinning: When 1″ – 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″
Harvesting: For longest vase life, cut stems just as flower buds begin to open.