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PlantFiles: Common Cosmos, Mexican Aster
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Candy Stripe'

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

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Love it, very pretty blooms. But I've found it to generally get to at least 4 ft.

Positive fluffygrue On Jul 9, 2005, fluffygrue from Manchester
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

It doesn't need staking here! I grow it in full sun, seems to get going better in loose compost rather than thick clay. I have one in a pot of ericaceous compost with some blueberries, and it has about 25 buds on it, so I'm not too sure about it needing alkaline soil.. Cut flowers last well, and cutting promotes flowering - flowers from June to November here. And it's easy from seed. It's great.

Positive Crimson On Feb 2, 2003, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Easy, lovely plants. NEED STAKING! People would come off the street to see them, thier height and airy foliage makes them quite striking.


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

West Point, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Akron, Ohio
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Lincoln University, Pennsylvania
Deer Park, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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