Subject: Planting Cosmos
Location: Mount Washington, Los Angeles, California
November 18, 2013
We used to have Cosmos flowers that naturalized in our garden many years ago after an initial planting in around 2001. The seeds would drop and we would get new plants each year. One especially wet year, they grew to well over six feet tall. Cosmos is an excellent plant for attracting pollinating insects. We even posted photos of a female Leafcutter Bee on our blossoms in 2006. Alas, for the past two years we have not had any Cosmos come up on its own, and we didn’t make the effort to purchase any new seeds.
Then several weeks ago, we identified a Cuckoo Leafcutter Bee for Anna in Hawthorne, and she offered to send us some seeds. They arrived a few days ago and we have been planting Cosmos seeds among the winter vegetables we put in this weekend, beginning with carrots and onions. We hope to be able to provide you with photos of insects visiting our Cosmos in the near future. This is a good time to plant Cosmos in Southern California, but this charming annual can be grown throughout North America, and we would strongly suggest Cosmos as an ideal plant for a bug friendly garden.