Common Cosmos, Mexican Aster
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Summer Dreams'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cosmos (KOS-mus) (Info)
Species: bipinnatus (by-pin-NAY-tus) (Info)
Cultivar: Summer Dreams

Category:

Annuals

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Magenta (Pink-Purple)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Blue-Green

Shiny/Glossy-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

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

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; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Bessemer, Alabama

College, Alaska

New Haven, Connecticut

Homestead, Florida

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Worcester, Massachusetts

Holts Summit, Missouri

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Aug 4, 2012, queenofquiet from Fairbanks, AK wrote:

I love Cosmos and am always on the hunt for the varieties that actually have enough time to bloom in our short Fairbanks, Alaska growing season. 'Sensation' or the airy orange variety, 'Bright Lights' are hit or miss depending on your local spot and the type of hotter or cooler summer; weather; 'Picotee' is fabulous for it's quicker blooming time and beautiful variety of pinks and magentas, the same with 'Seashells' variety.
This spring I found Burpee's 'Summer Dreams' in a local store, packet advertised, "Papery white petals brushed with hot pink on early blooming plants". Well it is the first week of August and they are just starting to bud and bloom, so they have taken longer than their 'early blooming, 60-65 day' label and they are white, flat white. I am not seeing any hint o... read more