Gardeners will know the normal types of cosmos, in colours of pink, lilac and white, but may not know this shorter form. I bought seeds two years ago, and used the grown plants as fillers for one of the new gardens over the water race.
the orange version of annual cosmos
The colour of these Cosmos plants is a beautiful rich orange. They remind me of juicy tangerines. The petals have a soft daisy form.
The orange Cosmos plants will always be welcome seeders in my garden. I still collect their seed, though, and plan to introduce plants into more garden areas next spring.
Orange Cosmos Update
Oops. Not exactly 'next spring' but nine springs later I finally reinvested in a three dollar packet of seeds. Once again I have these little annual flowers to enjoy. It's now seriously mid-autumn, 2009, and they're still bravely flowering. Nice work! Must remember to collect the seeds...