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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.
A beautiful early cosmos with 2.5 to 3 in. flowers in shades of pink, red, and white, mostly with streaked petals. Nice for cut flower arrangements. Ht. 48 in. Pkt (0.5 g, 75 seeds)
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