|GIANT! 6 feet tall and no signs of stopping|
Every year since I've had a handful of regular sized cosmos come up and a handful of the giants as well. According to Bob at Gardening at Draco, who got giant cosmos seed from a woman he met who worked at a nursery, the cosmos sulphureus plants seed out true to form. Though I think mine came mistakenly mixed in a packet with the hybridized seed that stay in the 12-18 inch range, I found it a happy accident. I welcomed these 4-7 foot giants.
|Hybridized Cosmos, about 18 inches tall|
|Regular cosmos at lower left, giant cosmos sulphureus the day before it fell. RIP, big guy.|
In the meantime, I'll enjoy the visitors I am getting, like this Vanessa cardui happily nectaring on Lantana. This butterfly might not be royally designated, but I am thrilled to have it drop in.