Chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) is a chocolate scented flower. Dark red-brown, sometimes almost black, velvety flowers on long, slender, reddish brown stems blooming from early summer to autumn make this an attractive addition to a garden.
Chocolate cosmos is a tuberous-rooted, tender perennial native to Mexico that can be overwintered indoors where not hardy. Grow in a border or in containers where the flowers can be appreciated up close. They also make good cut flowers. Grow in moist but well-drained, fertile soil in full sun. Deadhead and provide support. Mulch in autumn where hardy, or lift the tubers and keep frost-free during winter, storing them in barely moist peat.
This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme,
and also part of the Friday Greens meme.