|Chocolate Cosmos, 'Cosmos Atrosanguineus'|
But, darn those bugger, slugs got it last year and while it was a wee babe yet, still in it's pot! I thought I had lost it.
So, I was delighted to find it pumping new foliage this spring and made sure I protected it from those nasty, huge, speckled, slimy, slugs. They ruin the best plants!
Here are some stats from plantlust.com:
Zone 8a - 10b
"This distinctive Cosmos has flowers that resemble those of a single-flowered Dahlia. They are a very dark, maroon-crimson with, as the common name suggests, a chocolaty aroma. Plants bloom all summer. Mulch in colder areas or simply treat as an annual"
The blooms are unique and impressively colored. It looks great as a border plant and would even benefit where it is placed in my gardens, to drape over a decorative rock.
This is a tender perennial, so I will be treating it with care this winter as the old Farmer's Almanac has predicted a colder than normal winter for us. If that stands true, this zone boarding plant will be covered with mulch and pampered.
Find other garden bloggers posting their favorite plants of the week over at Danger Garden's blog.
Happy Friday the 13th! Cheers, Jenni