Golden cosmos isn’t a native of Florida, but it’s well naturalized in our “yarden” and the extension service has told us they aren’t considered an invasive plant. They have tons of seeds and prefer deadheading, so it’s easy for us to collect and share their seeds.
They’re very short-lived annuals here, but I think that’s because they bloom their hearts out for a couple of months and throw thousands of seeds around. We haven’t planted any golden cosmos seeds in years, we just expect them to come up.
And from an “easy-peasy” perspective, they were the first seedlings to pop back out of the ground after three freezes last year — and the first to bloom (except for the Daikon radish, which never stopped blooming).
Bees and butterflies adore them. They have the traditional “aster” shape that gives them easy access to nectar, even if they aren’t native (always my preference but not always possible). And if you don’t mind stealing food from your butterflies, they also make great cut flowers.
They’re also show-stoppers, I regularly talk to walkers who literally stop to take photos of them because they’re so attractive. (Of course, I send them home with seeds too!)
Please two packages of seeds (total) per order. It’s time-consuming to collect, package and mail them, even though we really want more people growing food for themselves, caterpillars and butterflies (or write firstname.lastname@example.org) and tell us why you need more.