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Both of our species are Mexican natives familiar in cultivation and occasionally escaped. They are annuals with deeply pinnatisect leaves, the segments narrowly lanceolate to filiform, and with very showy heads. Most cultivated plants may lack the pappus awns normally characteristic of the genus.

1. Ray flowers red to pink or white.

C. bipinnatus

1. Ray flowers orange.

C. sulphureus

All species found in Cosmos

Cosmos bipinnatusCOMMON COSMOS 
Cosmos sulphureusORANGE COSMOS 


MICHIGAN FLORA ONLINE. A. A. Reznicek, E. G. Voss, & B. S. Walters. February 2011. University of Michigan. Web. October 17, 2017. http://michiganflora.net/genus.aspx?id=Cosmos.