Cosmos
Cosmos sulphureus 'Ladybird Dwarf Lemon'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cosmos (KOS-mus) (Info)
Species: sulphureus (sul-FER-ee-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Ladybird Dwarf Lemon

Category:

Annuals

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Chandler, Arizona

Nyssa, Oregon

Fort Worth, Texas

Gilmer, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 4, 2010, MiniPonyFarmer from Gilmer, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Beautiful and easy to grow. I started these directly in the garden from seed. They have virtually no pests or diseases in my hot and humid East Texas yard. Plants matured about 18-24" tall and lasted until frost, blooming constantly. They reseeded themselves over the fall/winter and this spring I have many seedlings sprouted. The color is a beautiful lemon yellow that blends well with other colors.

Positive

On May 2, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

I prefer just the lemon to the mix (there is also a Ladybird Dwarf Mix). Bright lemon yellow flowers, very intense color, actually is compact enough to work well in borders w/o flopping over in storms.