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Cosmos atrosanguineus

Chocolate Cosmos

Fantastic scented flowers

This sensational plant is packed with small, dark red, dahlia-like flowers all summer long that really do smell of chocolate.

Where?

Any sunny mixed border or container. The velvety flowers give an exotic feel to any planting scheme of hot dramatic colours.

How?

Chocolate Cosmos loves a sunny spot and a fertile well-drained soil. Keep well watered until established. A half hardy perennial. Remove the faded blooms to extend flowering.

This deliciously scented Cosmos originates from Mexico.

Plant details


In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Choose a container, with drainage holes at least twice the size of the one the plant is currently growing in. Place stones, broken up flowerpots or polystyrene in a thin layer over the holes to help with drainage. Place a layer of multi-purpose compost on top. Remove the pot and position the plant so the top of the rootball sits 2.5cm below the rim of the pot. Fill around the rootball with compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered especially through dry spells.

Planting site Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From May to September