Gulf Fritillary on Cosmo
Orange Cosmos is a half-hardy annual, that grew 5 feet tall with no staking in my garden. They were visited by all kinds of butterflies, bumble bees, and even Ruby-throated Hummingbird. There was nothing like watching a huge yellow Tiger Swallowtail, nectaring on the Cosmos. The butterfly was so big, its weight would cause the flower to bow down.
Light: Does best in full sun; the hotter, the better. These bloomed later than other Cosmos, but were still going strong in November. Begin bloomin in summers long days, and keep going until after Halloween.
Moisture: Drought tolerant. Likes average, neutral well drained (dry) soil.
Propagation: By seeds. Very easy to start - just toss seeds where you want them to grow. They will readily reseed themselves throughout the summer, almost becoming a weed. Collect seeds from summers end - fall for next year.
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