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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Cosmos

Afrikaans name: Kosmos

A patch of Cosmos along the side of the N3 in the Free State

The attractive but invasive Cosmos flower

Photo © Steven Herbert

Bidens formosa

There are over 20 different plants belonging to the Cosmos family.

Cosmos are native to northern South America, Central America (especially Mexico) and the southern states of the USA.

The species of Cosmos found in South Africa is a perennial plant.

Pretty pink Cosmos flower

Photo © Steven Herbert

The flowers may be found in white and various shades of pink.

Cosmos is extremely common alongside the highways in the Free State. The flowers make for a really beautiful display.

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References and further reading

A Photographic Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa - Author: Braam van Wyk - Year Published: 2000 - Page: 76

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