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Thumb of 2015-11-25/ZenMan/682ce5@ZenMan submitted this image in the Annuals category of the The 2015 All Things Plants Photo Contest.

ZenMan added a caption:Strange zinnia.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 8, 2015 10:58 PM CST
Wow so pretty! Great color and look and texture Hurray!
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Name: ZenMan
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ZenMan
Dec 9, 2015 3:18 PM CST
Hi Greg,

That zinnia would thank you for the compliment, if it could. Thank You!
It was one of many rather odd recombinant zinnias I have had over the years. It had Whirligig and scabious flowered zinnias in its ancestors.

Crossing other zinnias with Scabious flowered zinnias can lead to some nice recombinant variations, like this one.
Thumb of 2015-12-09/ZenMan/f8694a
This scabious recombinant zinnia had extremely large long guard petals, which reminded me of a waterlily bloom.
Thumb of 2015-12-09/ZenMan/aa44de
I hope to re-invent that look in a future scabious based strain. I probably have "too many irons in the fire" but that seems to be normal for home hobby zinnia breeding.

ZM
I tip my hat to you.
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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gg5
Dec 9, 2015 3:40 PM CST
Both are really pretty!! I like what you are coming up with! Thumbs up
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