In 2007, a customer sent a Cosmos with a flower form mutation. Instead of having separate petals like most Cosmos, all petals were fused into one single cup, completely changing the normally daisy-looking flower.
Selected from this type, to get the same flower form in various colours, it took 5 years to get a uniform habit and a flower shape in separate colours. ‘Cupcakes Blush’ is a semidouble flower, changing from white to blush after a few days.
This colour change is also unique to Cosmos. The giant cup-shaped blooms appear tulip-shaped from the side, and make great cut flowers.
Blooms also attract pollinators and wildlife. ‘Cupcakes Blush’ are robust, bushy, self-supporting, and perform well during wet summers and times of drought.
It is being launched at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2017 and entered into the RHS Chelsea Plant of the Year competition.
- See more RHS Plant of the Year 2017 entries.