Cosmos is one of the first species of flowers i started to recognize. I think the waver-thin petals and bright green ragged leaves give them a fairy-like ethereal beauty.
Luckily there were Cosmos seeds in the mix we used for our 100 square meter wildflower meadow, and now the Phacelia have had their season, the Cosmea are flaunting their powdery paper flowers in the sun.
The Cosmea (Wild Cosmos), we have in our meadow will keep on giving, as the plant is selfsowing. We have about 10-15 bushes flowering right now, and hope for more in years to come.
The flowers attract bees, butterflies and other little critters and plants can grow as tall as 1,5 meter (60 inches).
Cosmos is a pretty resilient plant that will cope well with dryer, sandy soil like we have here.
Cosmos in your garden and vase
Cosmos flowers that are cut when first showing their petals will last in a vase for up to a week.
Avoid cutting the flowers in the heat of mid-day, and keep the vase out of direct sunlight to keep your flowers fresh.
Tall growth in combination with thin stems means the Cosmos can use a little support and are ideally placed in a spot where there's little or no wind.
To keep the plant flowering and bushy, Cosmos should be deadheaded every now and then. The cosmos will grow back if you cut it hard, so don't be too subtle.
Note: if you want to have the plant develop seeds, leave a few of the dead flowers, as that is where the seedmaking happens.
I always like to leave a few flowers for the bees anyway, so hopefully we'll be enjoying even more Cosmos in our meadow next year!
With the 'Cancer' Flower Constellation, we only needed a few flowers to make this Cosmic arrangement