Cosmos Seeds - Candystripe
- Seed Count: 100 Seeds
- Maturity: 65-75 Days from Sowing
- Plant Type: Annual Flower
- Flower Characteristics: White petals with pink edges, 2-3 inches in diameter
- Plant Height: 3-4 feet tall
- Ideal Growing Conditions: Full sun, well-drained soil
- Attracts Pollinators: Bees and butterflies
- Usage: Ideal for borders, beds, and containers
History: Cosmos Candystripe, a delightful variant of Cosmos bipinnatus, has charmed gardeners and flower enthusiasts with its unique and playful appearance. Cosmos, native to Mexico, has a rich history of cultivation dating back to the Aztec civilization. The Candystripe variety, with its distinct white petals and pink edges, is a relatively recent development, embodying centuries of selective breeding to achieve its striking appearance. This variety stands as a testament to the continued evolution and diversification of the Cosmos family.
Uses in Gardening and Landscaping: Cosmos Candystripe is particularly prized for its ability to add a whimsical touch to any garden setting. Its vibrant, bicolored blooms make it an excellent choice for creating visually striking flower beds and borders. The tall, airy plants are also perfect for adding height and texture to mixed containers. Furthermore, these flowers are a favorite among bees and butterflies, making them an excellent choice for pollinator-friendly gardens or naturalized areas.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: Cosmos Candystripe thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Sow the seeds directly into the garden after the danger of frost has passed. Scatter the seeds lightly over the soil, barely covering them. These plants prefer a spacing of about 12-18 inches apart to allow for adequate air circulation. Cosmos are known for their drought tolerance and low maintenance requirements, making them a great choice for gardeners of all experience levels. Regular deadheading can encourage more blooms. These plants are generally free from major pests and diseases, adding to their appeal as an easy-to-grow garden favorite.