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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Zinnia elegans Accepted
Zinnia violacea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 6 - 36 inches
Plant Spread: 4 - 22 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Other: white, cream, green, yellow, apricot, orange, red, bronze, crimson, purple, and lilac
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: 72 - 82 degrees - germination impeded by cool soil conditions.
Days to germinate: 7 - 14
Depth to plant seed: 1/8 inches
Sow in situ
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 12:07 AM

"Zinnia elegans (Common zinnia, Youth-and-old-age), an annual flowering plant of the genus Zinnia, is the best known Zinnia.

The garden Zinnia is derived from hybridisation from the wild form. Zinnias are popular garden plants with hundreds of cultivars, with many flower colors, sizes and forms, including giant forms in which the flowerhead may be up to 6 in (15 cm) in diametre.

Flower colours cover a very wide range range from white and cream, through green and yellow, to apricot, orange, salmon, rose, pink and red, also bronze, crimson, scarlet, maroon, purple, mauve, violet, lavendar and lilac. Some are striped, speckled or bicoloured. The powdery mildew common to Zinnias in humid climates are less an issue among more recent varieties, which are resistant. The flower forms include single, double and semi-double, in addition to single. There are also "pompon" forms that resemble dahlias. Sizes range from dwarf varieties of less than 6 in (15 cm) in height to medium (45–60 cm) up to 3 ft (36 in., 0.75 - 0.9 m) tall.

Zinnias grow easily and prefer loamy soil that is well drained. Exposure should be full sun. Hardy to all zones, they are relatively drought tolerant preferring dry and hot summers and are easily damaged by frost. Seeds should be sown in the spring, after the danger of frost has passed. Alternatively they may be grown indoors, six weeks before the last frost, and then planted out as 6-8 week-old seedlings. However they are very sensitive to transplanting. Although grown as annuals, they may reseed."

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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 2, 2014 7:46 PM

Zinnia elegans reportedly attracts parasitic wasps and hoverflies to the garden. These beneficial insects feed on aphids, armyworms, codling moths, European corn borer, flies, gypsy moths, cabbageworms, and many other caterpillars and insects.

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