Cosmos sulphureus is also known as Sulfur Cosmos and Yellow Cosmos. It is native native to Mexico, Central America, and northern South America, and naturalized in other parts of North and South America as well as in Europe, Asia, and Australia.
This species of Cosmos is considered a half-hardy annual, although plants may re-appear via self-sowing for several years. Its foliage is opposite and pinnately divided. The plant height varies from one to seven feet. The original and its cultivars appear in shades of yellow, orange, and red.
The flowers of all Cosmos attract birds and butterflies, including the Monarch butterfly.