Cosmos Seeds - Sea Shells
- Seed Count: 50 Seeds
- Maturity: 70-80 Days from Sowing
- Plant Type: Annual Flower
- Unique Feature: Petals roll into tube-like shapes
- Flower Color: Mix of pinks, whites, and maroons
- Plant Height: 3-4 feet
- Ideal Growing Conditions: Full sun, well-drained soil
- Attracts Pollinators: Bees, butterflies, and birds
History: Cosmos Sea Shells is a captivating variety within the Cosmos bipinnatus species, known for its unique and striking flower formation. Originating from Mexico, the cosmos has been a staple in ornamental gardening due to its vibrant blooms and easy cultivation. The Sea Shells variety, with its distinctive tubular petals, represents an extraordinary evolution in the species, showcasing the vast diversity within the cosmos family. This variety has become a favorite among gardeners and landscape designers for its unique appearance and the whimsical touch it adds to gardens.
Uses in Gardening and Landscaping: Cosmos Sea Shells is celebrated for its distinctive, curled petals that resemble seashells. The variety of colors, from soft pinks to deep maroons, adds a dynamic visual element to any garden. Perfect for borders, beds, and as a background plant in mixed flower arrangements, it brings a touch of the unusual and exotic. Its height and airy structure make it an excellent choice for adding depth and dimension to garden designs. Additionally, it is an attractant for pollinators, making it a valuable addition to any bee or butterfly garden.
Growing Habits & Planting Instructions: For successful growth, Cosmos Sea Shells should be sown directly into the garden after the last frost. They thrive in full sun and prefer well-drained soil. Lightly cover the seeds with soil and space them approximately 12-18 inches apart. These plants are drought-tolerant and generally require minimal care, making them suitable for novice gardeners. Regular deadheading can promote more abundant blooming. Cosmos Sea Shells is known for its resilience against pests and diseases, further contributing to its popularity as an easy-to-grow garden plant. With proper care and favorable conditions, these cosmos will reward you with a unique and stunning display throughout the summer and into early fall.