Common name: Orange cosmos, Yellow cosmos
Botanical name: Cosmos sulphureus Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
The orange cosmos is becoming increasingly popular
for its ease of growth, spectacular
flowers and attractiveness to butterflies. Orange cosmos has rich green
feathery foliage that is coarser than that of the common cosmos (Cosmos
bipinnatus) but is just as pretty.
Depending on variety and
conditions, yellow cosmos will grow anywhere from 1 to 7 ft in
height. Whatever the height, each plant will produce quantities of solitary,
bowl-shaped yellow to orange flowers that are 2-3 in (in diameter.
'Bright Lights' is a popular collection of single and double selections in
colors that range from bright canary yellow to orange to a beautiful dark
mahogany. Cosmos sulphureous is native to Mexico
Identification credit: Rita Singh
Lodhi Garden, New Delhi.|