Cosmos bipinnatus Cav.

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Cosmos bipinnatus plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Cosmos bipinnatus stemStem.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Involucre - No info. yet.

Cosmos bipinnatus involucreInvolucre.

Ray flowers - No info. yet.

Disk flowers - No info. yet.

Cosmos bipinnatus flowers

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Commonly cultivated and escaped to roadsides and waste ground.

Origin - Native to Mexico and the southwestern U.S.

Other info. - This striking species can be found escaped in just a few counties of Missouri. The ray flowers range in color from white to deep purple. The most common color is pink. The plant can be aggressive and weedy if left unchecked and it should not be willingly spread in the wild.

Photographs taken off Highway 70 near Kingston, NC., 9-29-02.