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The Fields Are Alive… with Garden Cosmos

By Jesús Aguado

During the rainy season, one of the most anticipated times of year in both the rural and urban areas comes in the second half of September, when the garden cosmos bloom.

This flower, also known as field poppies, sharacamate, or mirasol xococtole—depending on the region—is found all over Mexico in various colors, but also in Baja California, the Yucatán Peninsula, the United States, and South America.

Because central Mexico is arid, with a somewhat monochrome landscape the bright pink, purple, yellow, and white colors this time of year bring happiness to all who take a moment to gaze at this eight-petal flower, whose smell is nevertheless bitter. Not everyone enjoys it, however: it’s considered a pesky weed by corn growers.

The mirasoleschange the façade of the San Miguel’s campo, but not for long: by mid-October, they have faded away. This week, therefore, is the perfect moment for nature and photography lovers to experience the charm of these wildflowers that do not care where they grow.

Here we present photographs of this ubiquitous flower that have been taken in the four cardinal points of the city. Enjoy!


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