An out-of-this-world color of cosmos! This fairly new, yellow beauty (xantho means “yellow” in Greek) won the Fleuroselect Novelty, and Gold Medal awards in 2016. Not only is the color unique, the plants are early to flower, well-branched, and shorter, making them an excellent choice for containers or borders. Cosmos are drought tolerant, practically care free, attract pollinators, and make a nice addition to a cut-flower bouquet.
Botanical Name: Cosmos bipinnatus
Native: Mexico and Arizona
Plant Dimensions: 20″–25″ tall
Variety Information: 2″–2½” soft-yellow blooms with white at the center and petal edges; single petaled and some with a wreath of shorter petals in the center.
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″