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●● Cos­mos Atrosan­guineus

Best known as the cho­co­late cos­mos, be­cause it pro­duces masses of bur­gundy flow­ers which smell like cho­co­late, this Mex­i­can peren­nial with green, deeply lobed leaves, flow­ers con­tin­u­ously from midsummer to early au­tumn if you dead­head it regularly and feed it oc­ca­sion­ally.

The flow­ers are like small, sin­gle dahlias.

It’s not com­pletely hardy, but should sur­vive most win­ters if cov­ered with a thick layer of mulch.

If you live in a re­ally cold area, dig up the tu­bers in au­tumn and store them in trays of com­post in the win­ter, which you need to keep slightly moist.

Plant the cos­mos out again in full sun in moist or well-drained soil af­ter the last frosts of spring.

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