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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

Category:

Annuals

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pink

Red

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid 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

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:

West Point, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Akron, Ohio

Lansdale, Pennsylvania

Lincoln University, Pennsylvania

Deer Park, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

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.