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Cosmos bipinnatus 'Sonata Mix'

Sonata Mix is a good choice in containers, borders, as a mass planting in  a sunny spot, or as a cut flower.  The Sonata Series is a dwarf cultivar and not a short day type. Tolerating poor soil conditions, heat and drought, the 3” daisy-like blooms of Sonata Mix is a collection of lilac, red shades, pink and white with a golden yellow eye. Another unique feature of these free flowering plants is its fern-like foliage.

Height: 20-24 Inches

Spread: 12-14 Inches

Color: Mixed Colors

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

The Sonata Series of Cosmos is a free flowering, easy to care for and grow collection of Cosmos. Tolerant of poor soil conditions, heat and drought, this could be just the choice for that bright, sunny troublesome area in your garden. A granular slow release fertilizer at planting and the occasional application of a complete balanced liquid fertilizer should be enough to keep these plants going. You will want to deadhead old blooms to encourage new flowers all season long.

Characteristics & Attributes:

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Butterflies


  • Drought Tolerant
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Cut Flower
  • Daisy Flower
  • Dwarf
  • Great Foliage

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant

Design Use:

  • Mass Planting
  • Edging
  • Container
  • Border
  • Cut Flower


  • Full Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Moist
  • Well Drained
  • Average
  • Dry