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Aptly named, Cosmos 'Dazzler' is all about the vibrant carmine-red color of its blooms. An endless parade of these 2” flowers, each with a contrasting gold center nectary much sought after by bees and butterflies, add instant color to your summer and early fall garden. These flowers sway in the breeze atop 3' high ferny foliage, which bushes out to 2' wide. The tall-stemmed blooms make an excellent cut flower and if clipped just as the petals are beginning to unfold, will easily last 7-10 days in a vase. This cosmos is such a prolific bloomer that there will be plenty of flowers left for the pollinators. This Dazzler makes a great vertical accent in the garden and combines well with other reds and purples in a sunny bed. Easy to grow, plant it in full sun in fertile, well-drained soil. Deadheading prolongs blooming. May reseed.