Common Cosmos, Mexican Aster
Cosmos bipinnatus 'Double Click'

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

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:

Non-patented

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:

Glen Avon, California

Milpitas, California

Wilton, Connecticut

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Raleigh, North Carolina

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

North Augusta, South Carolina

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Fort Worth, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kalama, Washington

Menasha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Sep 14, 2007, threegardeners from North Augusta, ON wrote:

Wonderful plant. Nice and bushy, covered with blooms, drought tolerant. It will forever be a yearly addition to my gardens.

Neutral

On Sep 5, 2006, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

My verdict is still out on this plant. I was expecting it to be similar to other cosmos but puffy. The stems do not hold the flowers upright very well, the flowers do not last long, and it seems to get more powdery mildew is what I have noticed.