Cosmos
Cosmos sulphureus 'Ladybird Mix'

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

Category:

Annuals

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Orange

Red-Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

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:

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Alice, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 6, 2004, dstartz from Deep South Texas, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is the bloomingest plant I have ever seen. And it does it all with very little water and lots of heat.

It shatters its seed pod thus reseeding itself in a limited distance from itself. Personally I deadhead them every 4-5 days and toss the seedheads where I want more plants to grow.