(Cosmos sp.) 57 days. [Introduced 1998 by SESE. A red selection of Mona’s Orange developed by Dr. Jeff McCormack as a tribute to Mona Spangler.] An extremely hardy, drought-resistant, brightly colored cosmos. Orange and red flowers range from solid deep red to bright orange, many with red borders and streaks. Flowers are 2-2½ in. wide. 6 ft. plants bear until frost. Pkt (~52 seeds)


Cosmos Culture: Annual. Germination: 14 days, 70 degrees F. Prefers full sun. Tolerates partial shade, poor soils, and drought once established. For earlier blooms sow indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost. Or sow outdoors after all danger of frost. Plant 1/4" deep; thin to 12"-14" spacing. Deadhead to prolong blooming. Seed heads will attract birds.