Botanical name: Cosmos bipinnatus 'Pied Piper Red' Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Cosmos 'Pied Piper Red' is the only C. bipinnatus 'Sea Shells' cultivar that has a separate color available. Its velvet-red tubular flute-like outer petals make this an especially appealing cosmos for the cutting garden as well as in the landscape. A New World plant, C. bipinnatus originates in Mexico where Spanish priests grew them in their mission gardens. They named the species Cosmos because of the evenly spaced petals. Kosmos is the Greek word for harmony or ordered universe. Hybrids such as C. 'Sea Shells' have been bred from the species with a unique roll to its florets. Harvest after the first petals are opening up, but are not totally opened. Vase life in water is 4-6 days. Cosmos are drought tolerant and thrive on neglect; do not pamper these plants.
The flower labeled Cosmos Pied Piper Red is ...