COSMOS bipinnatus ('Candystripe' Cosmos, White w/Crimson Markings) is a distinctive cultivar of the Cosmos bipinnatus species, known for its charming and eye-catching flower coloration. Commonly referred to as 'Candystripe' Cosmos, this variety showcases elegant white blooms with striking crimson markings.
The flowers of 'Candystripe' Cosmos are single or semi-double and exhibit a classic daisy-like shape. The base color of the petals is predominantly white, creating a clean and crisp appearance. However, what sets this variety apart is the presence of vivid crimson or deep pink markings, often in the form of streaks or speckles on the petals. These crimson markings can take different patterns, adding a touch of uniqueness and visual intrigue to the flowers.
The petals of 'Candystripe' Cosmos are slightly rounded and overlap, forming layers that give depth to the blooms. The combination of the pure white background and the contrasting crimson markings creates a captivating and eye-catching display.
Similar to other Cosmos bipinnatus varieties, 'Candystripe' Cosmos features delicate and feathery foliage. The fern-like leaves are deeply divided into slender segments and provide an attractive backdrop to the vibrant blooms. The foliage is typically a fresh green color, complementing the flower display.
In terms of cultivation, 'Candystripe' Cosmos is an annual flower that is relatively easy to grow. It thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Well-drained soil is preferred for optimal growth. The plants are generally low-maintenance and can tolerate some drought conditions, although regular watering is recommended to promote healthy growth and abundant flowering.
Like other Cosmos varieties, 'Candystripe' Cosmos is known for attracting pollinators such as butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Its striking color combination and attractive flowers make it an excellent choice for pollinator gardens and wildlife-friendly landscapes.
'Deadheading' or removing spent flowers can encourage prolonged blooming and help redirect the plant's energy into producing new buds. Additionally, 'Candystripe' Cosmos can be used as cut flowers, adding a touch of elegance and charm to floral arrangements.
In summary, 'Candystripe' Cosmos is a captivating variety with white flowers adorned with dramatic crimson markings. Its unique coloration, coupled with the delicate foliage and ease of cultivation, make it a popular choice among gardeners looking to add visual interest and a touch of elegance to their gardens and floral displays.
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Scientific Name: COSMOS bipinnatus 'Candystripe'
Common Name: Cosmos Candy Stripe, Mexican Aster
Plant Type: Perennial
Native Range: Mexico and Arizona
Full Growth Height: 36-60 inches
Zone: 1 to 10
Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun, Half Shade
Blooming Season: Summer to Fall
Attracts: Butterflies, Bees
Flower Color: White, Dark Pink
Flower: Cut Flowers with Crimson Markings
Resistant: Pest, Disease
Water Requirement: Moderate
Soil Type: Well-drained, Sand, Loam, Moist, Chalk
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Garden Uses: Beds and Borders, Containers, Indoor Gardens, Cut Flowers