COSMOS sulphureus (Sulphur Cosmos, Dwarf Red) is a species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to Mexico and Central America but has been widely cultivated and naturalized in other parts of the world, including North America.
Sulphur Cosmos typically grows to a height of 60-90 cm and has slender stems that bear bright orange to yellow flowers. The blooms are daisy-like and are around 4-6 cm in diameter. The plant blooms profusely throughout the summer and into the early fall. The foliage is feathery and green and grows to about 5-10 cm in length.
Dwarf Red Cosmos is a variety of Sulphur Cosmos that has red flowers instead of the usual yellow or orange. It grows to a smaller height of 30-60 cm and has the same feathery green foliage. It is also known as Red Cosmos or Dwarf Red Cosmos.
Sulphur Cosmos is a popular garden plant and is often used in wildflower gardens, meadows, and borders. It is easy to grow and maintain and tolerates a range of soils and growing conditions. The plant prefers full sun to partial shade and well-drained soil.
A star-shaped appearance with the eye-catching color of the flower is enough to create hypnotic effects. The flower grows under the full sun in well-drained soil. Attractive to butterflies and honey bees, the flower is used in top-notched gardens, beds, borders, and decoration purposes.
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Scientific Name: Cosmos Sulphureus
Common Name: Dwarf Red
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: North America
Full Growth Height: 18-24 in
Exposure: Partial Shade, Full Sun
Blooming Season: Fall, Summer
Flower: Cut, Showy, Star-Shaped
Pollinators: Self, Bees, Butterflies, Sun
Flower Color: Red
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Loam, Sand, Clay
Uses: Pollinator Gardens, Patio, Decoration Purposes