This Flower Smells Like Chocolate

This Flower Smells Like Chocolate

Chocolate cosmee has become more and more popular for several years. In the garden or on the terrace it gives off a wonderful scent of dark chocolate. At the same time, it attracts a lot of insects such as bees, bumblebees, hoverflies and even butterflies. In this article, you’ll learn where this easy-to-care-for flower grows best and how you can combine it with other summer flowers.

Native to Mexico, chocolate cosmos (Cosmos atrosanguineus) provides a scent highlight in the garden on warm summer afternoons. From July to September, its numerous flowers smell delightfully of dark chocolate. The warmer it is, the more intense the chocolate aroma unfolds. The flower color varies between dark purple brown and dark red, giving the impression that the plant wants to imitate the chocolate hue. Therefore, the unusual flower is also called black cosmee.

Did you know?
In addition to flowers with a dark chocolate aroma, there are also flowers that smell like milk chocolate.
Chocolate cosmeia is often confused with chocolate flower (Berlandiera lyrata). Unlike the chocolate cosmee, the chocolate flower has yellow flowers and smells more like milk chocolate.

This Flower Smells Like Chocolate

Chocolate cosmeia in combination with other bedding plants.
Chocolate cosmeia thrives best in a sunny spot. In combination with the yellow two-toothed (Bidens ferulifolia) or the girl’s eye (Coreopsis grandiflora), the light and dark flower colors create particularly interesting contrasts in the flower bed. The purple vanilla flower (Heliotropium arborescens), which also loves the sun and exudes intense vanilla fragrances, also goes well with this arrangement.

If you want to add some height to the bed to make it more visually interesting, the climbing purple bell vine (Rhodochiton atrosanguineus), also known as rose dress, is a good choice for this. All of these plants like the same location as chocolate cosmos, so they combine well. As a potted plant on a sunny patio or balcony, the chocolate flower thrives just as well.

In autumn, however, you should take the frost-sensitive tubers out of the ground and store them in a cool place. Next spring, you can simply plant them again and look forward to the next chocolate flowers.

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