Butterflies in Mind -- Zinnia
Susan C. Dunlap
A collection of 50 images as if seen from a butterfly’s point of view. Includes the names of native Zinnia species and the most complete list of US butterflies that will feed on Zinnia blossoms.
Butterflies in Mind -- Asclepias
Susan C. Dunlap
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Butterflies in Mind -- Monarch
Susan C. Dunlap
This abundantly illustrated volume enables you to select from a complete list of well described perennial nectar plants that are known to attract & feed Monarch butterflies. Over 40 genera are described that are suitable to be grown...
Butterflies in Mind -- Perennials
Susan C. Dunlap
Butterflies in Mind - Perennials. This book is a definitive guide to perennial nectar plants preferred by US butterflies. It empowers you to feed, attract, support (and help identify) nectar-feeding butterflies that reside in the US....

Cosmos bipinnatus

Family: Asteraceae

Common name: MEXICAN ASTER

Native to: Mexico, Southern United States

Sentiment: joy in love and life


Type: annual

Forms: erect, open form

Max height: 6.6 feet

Max width: 1.5 feet






Attracts wildlife: adult butterfly, bird, specific butterfly species

Plant part consumed by birds: seeds

Exposure: sun

Landscape use: container

Propagates by: seed

flowers in summer

Soil types: loam, well drained

USDA Zones: zone 7 to 0 f, zone 8 to +10 f, zone 9 to +20 f, zone 10 to +30 f, zone 11 to +40 f

Temp. range: 0 to above +40 °F

Water: moderate

Cosmos, a Compositae comprised of 46 species, is widely available and grow in Zones 7-11. Most need moderate watering. Many are around 1½ feet tall and come in a variety of colors including the dark red Cosmos atrosanguineus.

Cosmos bipinnatus, a pink-flowering annual, grows to 6 ½ feet tall by 1 ½ feet wide and can be grown from seed. It grows in Zones 7-11, needs moderate watering and prefers full sun. It can be grown in a large container. It is native to the southern United States.

In addition to the butterflies that come to plants in the Compositae family to feed, Cosmos bipinnatus attracts Vanessa cardui, PAINTED LADY and Pieris napi, GREEN-VEINED WHITE.