Tango Cosmos


Tango Cosmos

Cosmos sulphureus
Annual. Luxuriant flame-red free-flowering double blossoms wane to bright orange with yellow centers on wiry 18" stems that float above the deeply lobed dark green foliage. Ideal for cutflower production. 4' tall plants span almost 4½' wide. Planted alongside zinnias, sunflowers and amaranth, they are spellbinding. We just learned from a customer at the Common Ground Fair that this sulphureus is an excellent dye plant with similar attributes as Dyer’s Coreopsis. Tango dodged a light September frost and continued its dance well into October, but C. sulphureus is sensitive to frost, unlike C. bipinnatus.

5039 Tango Cosmos
Item Discounted
A: 0.5g for $2.95   
B: 3g for $5.95   
C: 15g for $11.50   
D: 60g for $29.00   

Additional Information


~125-150 seeds/g.

Annual. Sun-loving, free-flowering all summer, can serve as an accent, screen or cutflower. Colorful daisy-style flowers with yellow centers bloom amidst lacy cut foliage. Attracts a broad range of beneficial insects.

Culture: For best results, thin its fast-growing large plants. Deadhead for persistent blooms. Harvest cutflowers when petals on first flower are just opening. Don’t wait too long! Old blooms don’t last. Vase life is 4–6 days. Light aids germination. May be started indoors at 70–75° (grow on at 60–65°) or direct seeded after last frost. Space 9–12". Tolerant of drought.


All flowers are open-pollinated except where noted.

Days in parentheses after a variety indicate days to first bloom.

Germination Testing

For the latest results of our germination tests, please see the germination page.

Our Seeds are Non-GMO


All of our seeds are non-GMO, and free of neonicotinoids and fungicides. Fedco is one of the original companies to sign the Safe Seed Pledge.