days to maturity: 50
plant spacing: 2 plants per square foot
sunlight requirements: 8-14 hours
look out for: spider mites, thrips
harvest notes: harvest flowers and leaves as needed
Wild cosmos are a "new to us" plant that we only managed to add to our inventory late this year because the amazing Tien aka "Delectable Day" on instagram finally started selling saved seed from her plants. Domesticated cosmos dont really love our climate and while they will reluctantly grow during the winter their yield can be disappointing, and according to Tien this wild and more weedy version doesn't mind our heat at all. The plant is used as a salad leaf crop in Latin America, the Philippines, and Southeast Asia and its leaf taste is very hard to describe beyond calling it "herby". If grown in partial shade the leaves will remain softer and more tender but you'll get less flowers. Also, adorable side note... this plant folds its leaves up at night and goes to bed, which is pretty adorable!
Image courtesy of Delectable Day, who sells the seeds for this rare variety online here.
Shipping & Returns
Shipping & Returns
We ship plant orders every Monday. Due to the nature of shipping plants we only offer expedited shipping for our live plant orders. Our returns & exchanges policy is also quite strict since its hard to control the quality of a plant once it leaves our facility, however we do our very best to make sure that each and every customer is satisfied with their plants. Read more about our policies here.
When you receive your plant its critical to get it out of its box and into the light the day it arrives. It will also want to be removed from its compostable plastic wrapping and given fresh water to drink. Keep in mind, this plant was grown in the tropical humid climate of South Florida, so if it's terribly cold or dry where you are it'll need to be hardened off before planting outdoors. Visit our care instructions page for more thorough info about caring for your new plant friend.
What Our Customers Have to Say:
This is a great, local organization with really knowledgeable & friendly staff. They make gardening easy and accessible, and I've purchased many high quality plants and equipment from them.
-Kate Black (5 star google review)
And Another One:
How lucky we are to have a resource like Little River Cooperative here in Miami, not only for the access they offer to a great selection of plants and produce, but also for the knowledge they provide and the sense of community they foster!
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