Chocolate Cosmos

Cosmos atrosanguineus

Chocolate Cosmos - Cosmos atrosanguineus

Common Name: Chocolate Cosmos
Genus: Cosmos
Species: atrosanguineus

The ancient Greek word 'Kosmos' means 'beautiful'.

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 0.75 m (75 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

These velvety dahlia-like chocolate-maroon flowers have a delicious aroma reminiscent of the best Belgian chocolates. They are particularly suitable for a sunny exotic garden or a planting scheme based on 'hot' colours.

Garden Care: In autumn after the foliage has died back reduce the stems to within 5cm (2in) of the roots. Lay in a tray of soil or compost and over-winter in a frost-free environment until early spring.


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