Bright Lights is a cosmic beauty show from midsummer until first frost. Vibrant, bold, 2 1/2″ flowers on 36″ plants attract butterflies and hummingbirds that love the nectar from the blossoms. Cosmos are a superb choice for wildflower and naturalized areas, as they are drought tolerant, and neglect is the kind of care they prefer! Sprinkle the pretty, edible petals to add a bit of zest to salads or cold meals. An excellent cut flower, too.
Botanical Name: Cosmos sulphureus
Plant Dimensions: 3' tall, 18″-36″ wide
Variety Information: 2½” flowers in a blend of yellow, golden, golden-orange, and scarlet-orange
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Drought Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, and when soil temperature is at least 60°F.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 5–10 days
Seed Depth: Barely cover
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12″
Thinning: When 1″ – 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning and cut stems just as flower buds begin to open.