Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus)

An annual with tall, airy plants that bear finely divided leaves and showy, 4-inch flowers in white, pink or purple. Blooms in late summer and early autumn. Sometimes escapes from garden, becoming established along roadsides and waste places. Best in full to partial sun, dry, sandy soils, avoid rich soils; excellent cutflower, good for backgrounds in
flower beds, fairly aggressive, self-sows easily, seeds attract birds.