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Cosmos Seeds Daydream

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1/4 Pound
Price: $12.95
1 Pound
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"Daydream" is pastel & deep pink, with center flares and dark pink veins. 3 to 5 ft. tall. Annual.

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SKU CBDDG
Common Name Cosmos
Botanical Name Cosmos bipinnatus
Plant Type/Life Cycle Annual
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Pink, White
Estimated Mature Height 36-60 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer to fall
Ships As Seed
Seeds Per Pound 55,000
Days to Germination 5-14 depending on soil and weather conditions.
Days to Bloom 80-90
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To North America
Native to American southwest and Mexico
Ideal Growing Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific NorthWest
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Suggested Uses Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Containers, Cut Flowers, Showy Flowers, Extended Blooms, Easy to Grow
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Ships to Canada Yes
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Description
"Daydream" is one of the "new cosmos" hybrids utilizing cosmos' classic pastel pink with all kinds of darker pink highlights added for extra zing. Centers remain vivid yellow, but each petal has a dark pink flare at the bottom, and dark pink veins all the way to the petal tips. Like all the others, it's a snap to grow from seed, and you'll have big bloom from midsummer right up until frost.

The Cosmos Craze: New rage for an old favorite. When it comes to annuals, probably no plant adds more color than cosmos. Your grandmother grew it, today states plant masses along roadsides, and everybody loves it. (Birds love it too, especially goldfinches.) But there's always been one big problem--it's tall, sometimes very tall--up to 6 or 7 feet.

In the right setting, say a wildflower meadow in late summer, nothing's more beautiful than a sea of these big ferny plants waving in the wind, loaded with big blooms in pink, white and maroon. But in gardens, most people prefer shorter flowers. So for awhile, some relegated the "tall" cosmos to the group that's usually called "old fashioned flowers"--beautiful, surely, but a bit tall and rangy for our more sophisticated flower borders today.

Enter the hybridizers. With all that color and such ease of care to work with, they have had a heyday with cosmos. Today, there are all sorts of variations on the originals, some with new-style flowers, and others with simply the classic blooms on shorter plants. All require full sun, and are among the simplest plants on the planet to grow from seed. By the way, even the seeds of cosmos are distinctive; they look like miniature pine needles.

The originals are wildflowers, of course, and are native to our own southwest and more commonly, Mexico. This tells you cosmos don't mind hot dry, conditions. In fact, some consider cosmos desert plants. But they're incredibly adaptable. And ever since some plant explorer gathered seeds from the rocky wilds of Mexico and transplanted them into "good garden soil," the world has known that they not only thrive, but enjoy our loamy, well-watered gardens. And if they're not fertilized too much, they rapidly develop into large branching plants with deep green fern-like leaves. If you have a dry season, cosmos plants don't care, and revert to their drought-tolerant roots. Best of all, no matter where they're growing, they cover themselves with more and more wide (up to 4") daisy-like blooms from midsummer on. Only a hard frost stops the cosmos parade. They're fantastic as a blooming screen, or a background for shorter plants. And the big bonus: a grand stand of this garden classic in late summer can provide months of long-stemmed cut flowers for a whole neighborhood.

The Originals. There are scores of native cosmos species, most all native to the Americas, but there are only two that have entered our gardens in a big way:
1. Cosmos bipinnatus, the big one. This is the granddaddy of them all. Hailing from Mexico, it's one of the few wildflowers that is so beautiful it was taken into gardens long ago just as it is in the wild. The old name for this garden classic is simply "Wild Cosmos", "Cosmos Sensation," or "Sensation Mix," since the seeds always produce plants blooming in pastel pink, white, and deep red or maroon, all with bright yellow centers. These are the tall, (to 6 or 7 ft.) graceful cosmos plants of your grandmother's garden.
2. Cosmos sulphureus, the other cosmos. This one's shorter, with more bushy plants and somewhat smaller yellow (to orange) semi-double flowers. It's often called "Sulphur Cosmos" or "Orange Cosmos," and an old variety with particularly glowing orange blooms is called "Bright Lights." The flowers of these often remind me of open-style marigolds on larger plants.

The New Cosmos. Today, the old standard "mixture" flowers of C. bipinnatus have been segregated, and the plants grow from only 3 to 5 feet. So if you particularly like the old pastel pinks, there's "Pinkie," for the pure white, "Purity," and for the old deep rose or maroon, "Radiance." Even though the plants are shorter, all the flowers are still big and beautiful with the familiar bright yellow centers. And this new group doesn't stop with the old basic colors. "Gloria" is a beauty in pink with red-flared centers. And "Daydream" gives you the old pastel pink, but with a darker center flare and darker pink veins all through the petals.

If 3-5 feet is still too tall for you, choose the "Short Cosmos Mix" which gives you all three of the old mixture colors at just 2 to 4 ft. And yes, the flowers are still full size.

Want more variety? Pick "Dazzler" and enjoy unique blunt-tipped daisies in true red, still with the dazzling yellow center, on plants to 5 ft. Then there's the most unusual of all, "Seashells," a big hit with cosmos lovers--its hot pink petals are curled upward at the edges, giving the blooms a frilly look.

And here's my favorite: "Picotee." It gives you full-size daisy blooms in white with the end of each petal looking as though it's been dipped into a rich red paint--and all that jazz is on plants never over 4 feet. This one, like all the others, creates spectacular color in the garden, and even more in a vase.

More! More! If you'd like to read more about growing cosmos, read what well-known garden writer Deb Lambert has to say: Click here. She's a good writer and a big cosmos lover.

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2.0

Slow in blooming

By Flowers make me smile

from Helena, Montana

About Me Avid Gardener, Flower Lover

Pros

  • Just Beautiful
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

  • Just Blooming At Mid Sept
  • Slow Growth

Best Uses

  • Border Control
  • Large Areas
  • Raised Beds

Comments about American Meadows Cosmos bipinnatus Seeds Daydream - 1/4 LB:

I was suprised at how long it took for the flowers to bloom - the stems were present all summer, but the blossoms didn't appear until September and now our frost season is here. I wanted to enjoy them all summer.

 
5.0

Humming Bird / Butterlly mix is great

By Big G

from Cincinnati, OH

About Me Avid Gardener

Pros

  • Low Maintenance

Cons

  • Culti packer are 150
  • Requires Gardening Experience

Best Uses

  • Cut Flowers
  • Large Areas

Comments about American Meadows Cosmos bipinnatus Seeds Daydream - 1/4 LB:

Purchased five more pounds this winter for winter sowing...that didn't happen so working on it now.

 
1.0

Do not buy these seeds!!!!!!!!!!!

By Monarch Waystation #4450

from Redding, CA.

About Me Master Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Erosion Control

      Comments about American Meadows Cosmos bipinnatus Seeds Daydream - 1/4 LB:

      I bought the following packages of seeds for my Monarch Waystation:

      Pacific Northwest Wildflower Seed Mix - 1/4 LB
      California Central Valley Wildflower Seed Mix - 1/4 LB
      Butterfly & Hummingbird Wildflower Seed Mix - 1/2 LB

      Either one or all of these were full of Persicaria maculosa which is an awful weed that has taken over my waystation. It spreads like crazy and is choking out all of my existing plants. I pull out hundreds every time I go out to the wildflower garden but it spreads back in just a day or 2. I will have to wait for the growing season to be over and try to roundup it all. Sad that all these years of established plants will need to be re-planted.

       
      2.0

      You're better of buying mixed Cosmos.

      By CHOPPERGIRL

      from Geogia

      About Me Casual Hobbyist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Colors Not As Expected
        • Needs Extensive Watering

        Best Uses

        • Cut Flowers

        Comments about American Meadows Cosmos bipinnatus Seeds Daydream - 1/4 LB:

        I thought these looked gorgeous dreamy from the photo, so I bought a pound. I'm a big fan of dual color flowers. I was disappointed.

        I would only add a few of these in to mix your other Cosmos up, because otherwise they are not so impressive as the photos you see online. They're actually kind of boring looking in real life, the white over powers the red. If you must plant Cosmos, you're better off buying regular Cosmos mix (pink, red, and white), and then mixing in some Yellow Cosmos, which blooms later after all your other wildflowers have died, so it still looks like there are wildflowers there.

        My biggest surprise was Plains Coreopsis, which grew like crazy, had lots of flowers, bloomed for a long time, and was a shockingly eye catching red and yellow brilliant flower. You get 15x more seeds of Plains Coreopsis for the same price than you do Cosmos. Mix with some Indian Blanket (gorgeous) and Black Eyed Susan (tough). The seeds on all three are easy to collect, and broadcast elsewhere to expand your wildflower patch into next year.

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