Cosmos bipinnatus Cav.

Cosmos, Mexican Aster

Family: Compositae

Genus: Cosmos

Category: Annual

Size: 1 to 7' tall

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Pink or white flowers, 2 to 3" diameter. Fine feathery foliage. Sow seed after frost danger is over. Will reseed. Prefers well-drained sandy soil.


Native to Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala plus Arizona.

Published in Icon. (Cavanilles) 1: 10 t.14 in 1791.


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