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Cosmos atrosanguineus * Chocolate cosmos

There is the forever lure of chocolate. I love the look of chocolate cosmos but have had poor luck in over-wintering it. Cosmos atrosanguineus is marginally winter hardy, just not at my house. Chocolate Cosmos dies back completely during the winter and the tops return late in the season, be patient, but not expectant, as I have lost it much more frequently than I have kept it going. Drainage is an absolute requirement. If you find this beauty and figure it for an annual you will not be so disappointed. It is worth the trouble for the show and the source of conversation material. I bought Cosmos atrosanguineus for the supposedly chocolate scented flowers but I have yet to smell the aroma of chocolate yet I sat there sniffing while someone else said that it did. The deep red flowers of Cosmos atrosanguineus do give an aura of sophistication to a garden. It is those flowers that never dissapoint and keep me coming back again and again. Cosmos atrosanguineus attracts the Painted Lady, Northern White Skipper, California Common Ringlet, Mormon Metalmark, Great Purple Hairstreak, and White Checkered Skipper and is a fine addition to the butterfly garden.

Other Chocolate Plants include the Ajuga Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Vine and the Chocolate Lily. Cosmos atrosanguineus is a fine addition to the Butterfly Garden attracting the Painted Lady Butterfly

Cosmos atrosanguineus, Chocolate Cosmos

Flowers and foliage of Cosmos atrosanguineus the Chocolate Cosmos. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.