COSMOS bipinnatus (Cosmos, Dwarf Mixed) is another popular species of the Cosmos flower, distinct from Cosmos sulphureus. It is native to Mexico and has gained popularity as an annual flower in gardens and landscapes worldwide.
The Dwarf Mixed variety of Cosmos bipinnatus is a compact cultivar that grows to a height of about 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 centimeters). It has a bushy and well-branched habit, similar to the Dwarf Mixed variety of Cosmos sulphureus. This compact growth habit makes it suitable for small gardens, containers, and borders.
The foliage of Cosmos, Dwarf Mixed consists of feathery, fern-like leaves that are deeply divided into fine, delicate segments. The leaves are typically mid-green in color and provide an airy and graceful backdrop to the vibrant flowers.
The flowers of Cosmos, Dwarf Mixed are the main highlight of the plant. They are daisy-like with a central disc and a ring of petals that surround it. The petals can come in a wide range of colors, including shades of pink, white, crimson, and lavender. The blooms are typically single, but some varieties may have semi-double or double flowers. The petals may also exhibit variations in color and patterns, adding visual interest to the plant.
Cosmos, Dwarf Mixed is known for its prolific blooming, producing numerous flowers throughout the growing season. The flowers are attractive to butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, making it an excellent choice for pollinator gardens.
Caring for Cosmos, Dwarf Mixed is relatively easy. It prefers full sun and well-drained soil. Regular watering is required, especially during dry spells, but overwatering should be avoided to prevent waterlogged soil. Deadheading spent blooms will promote continuous flowering and prolong the blooming period. Cosmos, Dwarf Mixed is also tolerant of heat and can handle some drought conditions.
In summary, Cosmos bipinnatus, Dwarf Mixed, is a compact and vibrant annual flower that adds color and beauty to gardens and landscapes. Its delicate, fern-like foliage and abundant, daisy-like blooms make it a popular choice among gardeners. With its low maintenance requirements and attractiveness to pollinators, it is a versatile and charming addition to any floral display.
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Scientific Name: COSMOS Bipinnatus
Common Name: Cosmos, Dwarf Mixed
Plant Type: Annuals
Native Range: Mexico
Full Growth Height: 1-2 ft
Spread: 1-2 ft
Zone: 2 to 11
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer (Early, Mid, Late), Fall
Attracts: Humming Birds, Butterflies
Flower Color: Pure White and Soft Pink
Flower: Cut Flower, Showy
Propagate: Self Seed
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Well-drained, Sand, Loam, Clay, Chalk
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Garden Uses: Borders, Containers, Traditional Garden