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A unique "new" cosmos in real red "Dazzler" sports blunt-tipped petals with bright yellow centers. Annual.

Zones 1 - 10
Advantages
Hummingbirds & Butterflies
Hummingbirds & Butterflies
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Containers
Containers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 36-60 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer to fall
SKU CBDZG

"Dazzler" stands alone among the new cosmos hybrids, with unique, almost rectangular blunt-tipped petals. The coloring is different too. This is one of the few true red cosmos--not pink, not purple, not maroon, but real red. At 3 to 5 ft, like all the others, it's a snap to grow from seed, so 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.

Associated SKUs
CBDZG
CBDZQP (1/4 Pound)
CBDZLB (1 Pound)
CBDZLB5 (5 Pounds)
CBDZLB10 (10 Pounds)
Common Name Cosmos
Botanical Name Cosmos bipinnatus
Seed Life Cycle Annuals
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Red
Mature Height 36-60 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer to fall
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 990 sq ft.
1 lb covers 3,960 sq ft.
5 lbs covers 19,800 sq ft.
10 lbs covers 39,600 sq ft.
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
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To North America
Native To American southwest and Mexico
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Advantages Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Containers, Extended Blooms
Is It Storable? Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

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American MeadowsCosmos Seeds Dazzler
 
3.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Low maintenance (5)
  • Reliable growth (4)
  • Vivid colors (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Large areas (4)
  • Cut flowers (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual hobbyist (3)

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4.0

Wonderful new color for old favorite!

By 

from Northern Michigan

About Me Professional Landscaper

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Low Maintenance
  • Reliable Growth
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Border Control
    • Cut Flowers
    • Large Areas

    Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dazzler:

    New vivid color for the traditional cosmos!
    Very easy to grow, attractive, prolific late summer-fall blooming. Needs only sunshine and normal rainfall (weekly watering at most), NO fertilizer required. Plants grow tall and leggy without any help. Beautiful uniform color. Great in wildflower meadows and back of garden.

     
    3.0

    Good Growers and Bloomers - Just Not Red

    By 

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Casual Hobbyist

    Pros

    • Low Maintenance
    • Reliable Growth

    Cons

    • Colors Not As Expected

    Best Uses

      Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dazzler:

      These guys germinated very reliably and I'm getting a lot of blooms - but they are all purple, not a single one I've seen is red.

       
      5.0

      Reliable growth and color!

      By 

      from Bronson, Florida

      About Me Avid Gardener

      Pros

      • Long Bloom Time
      • Low Maintenance
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cut Flowers
        • Large Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dazzler:

        Perfect for making a sea of blooms anywhere. Blooms abound with little care other than watering. These are my 'go to' flowers for mass planting and use as pressed flowers!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Dark Colors

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        from Pagosa Springs, Co

        About Me Casual Hobbyist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Long Bloom Time
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Cut Flowers
          • Large Areas

          Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dazzler:

          Spread over large area on each side of driveway in Colorado. Ordered more for next season. Nice dark color of Maroon/Red.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Cosmos color is not red as depicted

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          from Fishersville, VA

          About Me Casual Hobbyist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Low Maintenance

          Cons

          • Colors Not As Expected

          Best Uses

            Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dazzler:

            My ¼-lb bag of seeds purchased September 2011 ahead of 2012 growing season germinated well when tested in peat pellets within a covered flat. They also germinated well when scattered in the garden. They did not meet my expectations, however, because the color is not red, according to the product description or its photo. My flowers are pink to deep fuchsia with yellow centers. They remind me of the appearance of hard-boiled eggs pickled in beet juice for the Easter season. American Meadows offered to refund my purchase because the color was not what I expected, but I declined the offer because I am most interested in the quality of the seeds according to germination. I gave many of these seeds to my daughter because she said she would not care about the color, and I saved a few, for what reason I do not know. Just to get rid of them, I scattered them multiple places throughout my gardens Spring 2013, thinking they would just blend in with the "mix", if they germinated at all due to their age. They grew, and they are reseeding, it appears. In other words, these seeds germinated very well the first year, and they stored well too, germinating equally well in 2013. I give these seeds 4 stars because the bag I got seemed to be high-quality seeds based on germination. I do not give them 5 stars because the color is not red according to the product description and according to my bag that bore the 'cosmos dazzler' label. Additionally, they get very brown at the base. If not grown in a field where appearance does not matter, I think they need some sort of camouflage growing around them near the ground so that the unsightly base does not detract from the appearance of the garden. I think customers who are looking for red will be disappointed if they get the same product I got. I cannot recommend this product for them. However, I can highly recommend these seeds for people who do not care about the color, because these seeds germinated well when tested in a controlled test environment and in the garden too, for two consecutive years.

             
            1.0

            Did not get but one or two blooms

            By 

            from James Island, SC

            About Me Getting Started

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Low Maintenance

            Cons

            • Requires Gardening Experience
            • Short Bloom Time
            • Very Small Blooms

            Best Uses

            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dazzler:

            Planted in large area with half sun half shade. Blooms were size of a quarter.. if that and only got a few.... lots of plants just not many flowers...

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Brilliant color, lots of blooms

            By 

            from Timberville, VA

            About Me Avid Gardener

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dazzler:

            These red dazzlers provided color all summer. Since we haven't had a heavy frost yet, some are still blooming. I sprinkled seeds in various places around the house and in my field. The only mistake I made was I sprinkled a handful of seeds where only a few seeds were necessary. With room, these plants can get quite bushy!
            In my yard is a large electrical transformer box. A border of theses Cosmos around it kept it hidden all summer long.
            I also have lots of the traditional pink Cosmos, mostly in a field. But hundreds of these deep crimson flowers provide a great anchor at the red end of the spectrum.

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