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Cosmos Seeds Dwarf Mix

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Price: $15.95
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Quick Overview

Some people just don't want their cosmos growing up to 6 ft, so this mix has all the colors, 2-4' tall. Annual.
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Details
SKU CSDG
Common Name Cosmos
Botanical Name Cosmos bipinnatus
Plant Type/Life Cycle Annual
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Red, Pink, White, Mixed
Estimated Mature Height 24-36 inches tall
Bloom Time Summer to fall
Ships As Seed
Seeds Per Pound 61,000
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
Cosmos is famous for growing tall, and many people love it that way, waving in the wind. However, if you'd prefer the plants lower, choose this strain. Tall or not so tall, cosmos is one of the finest colormakers in any wildflower meadow and a big favorite for roadside plantings since these large flowers make such a colorful show. It's also one of the best flowers for cutting. Heavy bloom begins in midsummer and plants and flowers constantly increase until killed by 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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Pros

  • Reliable growth (7)
  • Vivid colors (7)
  • Low maintenance (6)
  • Long bloom time (5)
  • Pest resistant (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large areas (5)
    • Cut flowers (3)
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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Absolutely Stunning

    By Raymond

    from London ,Kentucky

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Cut Flowers
      • Large Areas
      • Raised Beds

      Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dwarf Mix:

      Beautiful and Hummingbirds and Gold Finches love them

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Just love them

      By sparky

      from greenup il.

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      Pros

      • Long Bloom Time
      • Reliable Growth
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Containers
        • Cut Flowers
        • Large Areas

        Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dwarf Mix:

        I use them in a small flower bed all by there self, what a show they put on.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Grew the best of all the seeds I planted

        By Drake

        from Princeton, NJ

        About Me Avid Gardener

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Border Control
          • Cut Flowers
          • Large Areas

          Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dwarf Mix:

          I cleared an area of our land in Princeton, NJ to plant a broad mix of wildflower seeds from American Meadows: Cosmos Dwarf Mix plus nearly all the varieties carried by American Meadows that were said to grow well in half-sun. Of all these, only Cosmos Dwarf Mix and Sulphur cosmos dwarf lemon thrived. The area previously had heavy tree cover though now is half-sun, clay ground, fairly wet. The few poppies that bloomed were so beautiful, I'll try those again next year as well.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wonderful Cosmos Mix

          By David D.

          from greater Chicago-area

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Large Areas

            Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dwarf Mix:

            I just fall sowed 1/4 lb. of these seeds for the second year in a row. These seeds are combined with a 1/4 lb. of zinnias and few perennials in a ~ 6' x 20' bed. The cosmos/zinnia combination was gorgeous last year and it was very popular with the American Goldfinches and butterflies. Both the zinnias and dwarf cosmos had healthy germination rates and were problem free throughout the growing season. I wish that I had photos to share, I will be sure to take some pics next year.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Raves for Cosmos

            By Swamp Lily

            from Tampa, FL

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dwarf Mix:

                Last winter, I cleared a wide bed on the side of my property that boarders a neighbor's yard. When I broke my arm in January, I knew I could not complete the landscaping I had planned for the border. The wide swath of cosmos brought color and whimsy the cleared bed and gave my neighbor a cheerful view from her living room for several months. My setback was her gain.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Absolutely lovely

                By NE Gardener

                from Rhode Island

                About Me Avid Gardener

                Pros

                • Low Maintenance
                • Reliable Growth
                • Vivid Colors

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Border Control
                  • Large Areas

                  Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dwarf Mix:

                  I sprinkled a 1/4 lb. bag over a 12' x 4' border area and ended up with a wonderful fluffy cushion of green, topped with four color varieties of attractive blossoms. I loved how low maintenance they were (hardly any care was needed) and they out-competed every single weed seed beneath them. I planted in May and they were in full flower less than 2 months later. They also appeal to the native bee species. True to description they grow between 2-3 feet. There are white, light pink, dark pink, and light pink fringed with dark varieties. Very pleased.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Dwarf Cosmos

                  By Larkspur Fan

                  from Lubbock, TX

                  About Me Casual Hobbyist

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                  Pros

                  • Low Maintenance
                  • Pest Resistant
                  • Reliable Growth
                  • Vivid Colors

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Flowerbeds

                    Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dwarf Mix:

                    I live in Zone 7 (Texas). I put out some of the seeds in the Fall, and that was a mistake. It was still warm and many of the seeds germinated, only to die when the weather got cold. The remaining seeds I put out in the Spring, and they germinated quickly and at a great rate. Some of the plants are already blooming, others are well on their way! As the name says, they are not very tall, but come in the same cheerful colors. Very nice!

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    DWARF COSMOS

                    By MG

                    from SODUS PT. NY

                    About Me Master Gardener

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Healthy
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Garden
                      • Outdoors
                      • Patio

                      Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dwarf Mix:

                      SCATTERED THE SEED ON THE EGDE OF A BANK ALONG A DIRT DRIVE INTO THE WOODS. HARD TO MANTAIN THIS AREAA. THEY WERE PERFECT FOR THERE AND I DIDN'T NEED TO DO ANYTHING TO THEM. NO CONS.
                      I'VE RECOMMENDED AM TO SEVERAL OF MY FREINDS AND OTHER MASTER GARDENERS.
                      THANKS

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      These were absoluterly beautiful flower

                      By no nickname

                      from Poland New York

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                      Pros

                      • Accurate Instructions
                      • Attractive
                      • Easy To Grow
                      • Healthy

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Garden
                        • Outdoors
                        • Patio

                        Comments about American Meadows Cosmos Seeds Dwarf Mix:

                        These were absolutely beautiful flowers and I had great results with all the seeds-I had so many compliments and I loved the height of them. I will be buying them again.

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