General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 1 to 8 feet
Plant Spread: 12 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Orange
Pink
Purple
Red
White
Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Cut Flower
Suitable for miniature gardens
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Victory Seed Company sells seeds of Zinnia.

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  • Zinnia

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Date: 2016-09-22
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2016-07-10
White Zinnia 018

Date: 2016-09-22
Location: My North Garden
Date: August 2012
A possibly carnivorous zinnia. Pitcher petals captured rainwater
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: Summer 2016
This zinnia had unusual petal ends
Location: My North Garden
Date: August 2018
A "needle petaled" Zinnia hybrida. Its petals are thin tubes. The

Date: 2014-08-17 
#Pollination #Butterflies
  • Uploaded by jon
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: Summer 2016
This was a commercial California Giant bloom, with typical spoon-
Location: My indoor basement zinnia garden
Date: Winter 2014/2015
Some zinnia petals have a corrugated effect.
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2015-08-15 
#Pollination

Date: 2013-08-09

Date: 2013-08-30
#Pollination
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: Fall 2014
This large sturdy dark yellow hybrid zinnia showed a touch of bic
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: 2012-07-27
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: July 2014
Many Razzle Dazzle zinnias have bicolored floret petals
Location: My South Garden
Date: August 2018
This is a new specimen of Zinnia hybrida, with interspecific Z. e
Location: My indoor basement zinnia garden
Date: Winter 2014/2015
This home hybrid zinnia got both its "toothy" petals and bicolor
Location: Gardenfish garden
Date: August 21 2020
Butterflies love zinnias
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2014-07-27
Location: My South Garden
Date: September 2018
This is a new specimen of Zinnia hybrida, with interspecific Z. e
Uploaded by bumplbea

Date: 2013-09-02
#pollination

Date: 2016-11-05
Variety of Zinnias
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2013-02-04
Location: sumatera indonesia
Date: 2018-11-20
pretty round
Location: My indoor basement zinnia garden
Date: March 2014
Razzle Dazzle petals are florets containing internal anther bundl
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2015-06-22
#Pollination
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2016-07-10
White Zinnia 018 Macro

Date: 2017-07-18
Zinnias by Lantern Light
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-10-23
I think this is an Augustifoliia
Location: in my friend's garden in Oklahoma City
Date: 10-09-2014
Zinnia
Location: Garland, TX
Date: 2022-06-08
First Zinnia of the year. 💚💜💚

Date: 2022-10-03
Blooms for 🦋 Butterflies!
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: Summer 2016
This zinnia had unusual petal structure, most likely due to in-ga
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: Summer 2015
Some cactus flowered zinnias can have very narrow petals, which g

Date: 2013-08-25
#pollination
Location: SE Michigan
Date: 2018-08-22
Location: My South Garden
Date: September 2018
This is a new specimen of Zinnia hybrida, with interspecific Z. e
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2013-07-30
Location: My indoor basement garden under lights.
Date: March 2018
This home hybrid had similar ancestry to my carnivorous specimen.
Uploaded by ZenMan

Date: 2023-09-11
Variegated Zinnia
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-09-07
Location: My indoor basement zinnia garden
Date: Winter 2014/2015
Some zinnia petals have a trident shape, with three points at the
Location: My indoor basement zinnia garden
Date: Winter 2014/2015
Some tubular petaled zinnias with narrow tubes can resemble burst

Date: 2013-08-25
#pollination

Date: 2013-07-24
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-07-27
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2020-10-04

Date: 2015-08-26
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: August 2015
Hybridization has imparted some white to the florets
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: October 2015
Hybridization is extending the Razzle Dazzle color range
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: September 2015
#Pollination  Razzle Dazzle zinnias are fully attractive to Butte
Location: sumatera indonesia
Date: 2018-11-20
pretty round
Location: Willow Valley Communities, Lakes Campus, Willow Street, Pennsylvania
Date: 2021-07-02
Location: The Black Hills, SD
Date: 8/6/2022
Location: The Black Hills, SD
Date: 8/6/2022
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: Summer 2016
This zinnia was scabiosa flowered
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: Summer 2015
This was a large white zinnia of hybrid origin.
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2022-07-04
Location: Gulf Coast 
Date: 2022-10-03
Blooms for 🦋 Butterflies!

Date: 2023-09-11
Location: My indoor basement zinnia garden
Date: Winter 2014/2015
This zinnia had a lot of Whirligig "blood" in it. The "toothy" pe
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: 2013-08-17
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: July 2014
The floret teeth are frequently tipped a contrasting color
Location: My South Garden
Date: August 2018
This is a new specimen of Zinnia hybrida, with interspecific Z. e
Location: My front porch container garden
Date: Late April, 1014
This bloom reminded me very much of a waterlily. A scabious zinni
Location: Mid-Missouri, USA
Date: 2020-07-20
The happy spot where 3 different zinnia plants come together

Date: 2013-08-09

Date: 2014-08-25
Location: MOBOT - St Louis
Date: 2011-08-09
Zinnas are butterfly favorites.
Location: Photo by Carol Bacskai; zone 5b, Yorkville, IL
Date: 2023-06-17

Date: 2014-08-25
Uploaded by ZenMan
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2020-06-21
#seedlings
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2020-08-05
#pollination
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: 2017-06-09
Location: my garden 
Date: 2013-09-12
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2020-07-08
Purple Zinnia 010
Location: little theater rose garden, raleigh, north carolina
Date: august 2023
Location: Gardenfish garden
Date: August 19 2020
Multi colors
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: Fall 2014
This zinnia had good "toothy" petals and a desirable white color

Date: 2015-09-14
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2020-10-04

Date: 2015-08-26
Location: My indoor basement zinnia garden
Date: March 2014
Razzle Dazzle zinnias can be bicolored
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2018-09-09
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2018-09-09
Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2018-02-04
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2015-06-22
#Pollination
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2014-08-19
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2014-08-19
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2013-07-30
Location: The Black Hills, SD
Date: 8/6/2022
Location: The Black Hills, SD
Date: 8/6/2022

Date: 2014-07-27
Location: My indoor basement zinnia garden
Date: Winter 2014/2015
Individual "fancy" petals make a fancy bloom.
Location: Potohar, Punjab.
Date: 2012-07-16
Location: My indoor basement zinnia garden
Date: Winter 2014/2015
I like the irregular shape of those petals, the overall soft colo
Uploaded by ZenMan

Date: 2019-07-25
Location: j c raulston arboretum, ncsu,  raleigh, north carolina
Date: 2021, september

Date: 2017-08-10

Date: 2014-08-05
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-06-30
Centerpiece - Zinnia 003
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-09-04
Pink Zinnia 013
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-09-04
Red Zinnia 020
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-09-04
Zinnia Fowers 009
Location: Opp, AL  Z8b
Date: 2021-10-16

Date: 2015-08-26

Date: 2015-08-26

Date: 2015-08-26
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: July 2014
Some Razzle Dazzle blooms are rather small
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-09-01
Zinnia 025
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2007-08-12
With a bumblebee #Pollination

Date: 2013-09-25
Location: Zone 5

Date: 2013-08-09
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2013-08-07
Location: The Black Hills, SD
Date: 8/6/2022
Location: My zone 8a north Georgia garden
Date: 2024-06-19
Benary giant zinnias, chosen for the rainbow or colors and resist
Location: Chippewa, PA
Date: 2015-06-22
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-09-15
Zinnia 040
Location: Dallas Arboretum and botanical gardens, Dallas, Texas
Date: 2023-06-04

Date: 2013-08-09

Date: 2019-09-05

Date: 2024-07-15
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: 2012-07-27

Date: 2024-07-15

Date: 2024-07-15
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-10-17
Yellow Zinnia 015
Location: South Texas- Zone 9
Date: 2022-01-01
Location: zone 8 North Central, Fl.
Date: 2017-12-23
Location: Willow Valley Communities, Willow Street, Pennsylvania
Date: 2022-08-21
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2007-08-29
#pollination
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-10-23
Augustifolia?
Location: My indoor basement zinnia garden
Date: Winter 2014/2015
I like the informal petals and loose structure of this bloom. I l
Location: My parents home
Date: September 1973
I was a Junior in college when I took this photo. No idea of the
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: 2013-10-05

Date: 2017-09-01
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2007-07-23
#pollination

Date: 2013-07-30
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: August 2016
A selection from California Giants. Characteristic spoonish petal

Date: 2008-08-09

#Pollination
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-08-28
Colorful Zinnia 018
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-08-14
Location: My indoor basement zinnia garden
Date: Winter 2014/2015
Some "exotic" tubular zinnias look rather like "regular" zinnias
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-07-27
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-08-04
Location: West Central Tx 
Date: 2023-06-05
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-09-08
Red Zinnia 045
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-06-13

Date: 2015-09-14
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2020-10-04
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2012-08-16
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-09-02
Zinnia 031
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: July 2014
Razzle Dazzle "petals" are actually extended pollen florets
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: July 2014
The Razzle Dazzle florets can be rather closely packed
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: September 2015
Razzle Dazzle variants can be asymmetrical
Uploaded by Paul2032
Location: In a Utah garden
Date: 2020-07-15
Uploaded by Paul2032
Location: Dallas Arboretum and botanical gardens, Dallas, Texas
Date: 2023-06-04
Location: Kyle, TX
Date: 2020-05-21
What's not to love about this summer bloomer?

Date: 2014-08-25

Date: 9/14/2011
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: 2012-09-04

Date: 2024-07-15
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2019-08-28
Purple Zinnia 021

Date: 2014-09-05
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2007-08-12
#pollination
Location: My study/library/computer room.
Date: Winter 2015/2016
Fancy seeds can produce fancy zinnias. If you have an excess of s

Date: 2017-09-14
Location: My study/library/computer room.
Date: Winter 2015/2016
You can remove zinnia embryos from "green" zinnia seeds.
Location: My study/library/computer room.
Date: Winter 2015/2016
You can remove zinnia embryos from "green" zinnia seeds. Graph pa
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2020-07-12
Location: Athol, MA
Date: 2020-08-08

Date: 2014-07-27

Date: 2017-08-04

Date: 2007-09-25
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-07-31
Zinnia - Ring Of Flowers 003
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-07-27
Uploaded by honeyx4

Date: 2019-07-25
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2012-08-16
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-09-02
Zinnia 032

Date: 2015-08-26
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-07-19
Red Zinnia - Flower In A Flower 003
Location: Carbon Hill, AL 
Date: 2016-06-20
Butterfly on Zinnia
Location: My indoor basement zinnia garden
Date: Winter 2014/2015
I like the zinnias I can grow on my chrome wire steel shelving. S
Location: My North zinnia garden
Date: 2016-10-06
Razzle Dazzle plants can form nice bushes
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-06-27

Date: 2013-09-25

Date: 2021-08-08
Location: Imperial valley, CA 
Date: 2024-05-12

Date: 2013-08-09
Location: Sangamon Co. Il.
Date: 2017-08-09
Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2018-02-27

Date: 2013-08-09

Date: 2013-08-09

Date: 2012-10-13

Date: 2012-10-14

Date: 2014-08-29

Date: 2014-10-24

Date: 2014-09-04

Date: 2013-08-09
Uploaded by pestee45

Date: 2014-08-25

Date: 2014-07-27

Date: 2014-08-25

Date: 2014-07-27

Date: 2014-08-04
Location: Purdue gardens Indiana  zone 5
Date: 2015-08-02
narrow leaf zinnia Crystal white

Date: 2024-07-02
Location: My indoor basement zinnia garden
Date: Winter 2015/2016
This yellow bloom has a loose form intermediate between dahlia fl
Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2018-02-20
Location: My study/library/computer room.
Date: Winter 2015/2016
Zinnia embryos closeup. They germinate QUICKLY. Graph paper 10 pe
Location: In my 8A garden.
Date: 2016-06-13
6/13/2016

Date: 2014-08-19

Date: 2014-07-27
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2007-07-23
#pollination
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-08-04
Zinnia 007
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Uploaded by sedumzz

Date: 2019-07-25

Date: 2013-08-23
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-07-26
Location: western Oregon
Date: 2015-12-20
Location: Gardenfish garden
Date: July 2019
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: North Carolina 
Date: 2020-08-07
Sweat bee on red Zinnia bloom
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Date: 2019-05-26
9-Pack of Zinnia cells from Lowe's in VB.
Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2018-02-27

#Pollination
Uploaded by Paul2032

Date: 2014-08-19

Date: 2014-08-19

Date: 2018-07-13
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: 2016-07-10
My zinnias

Date: 2019-09-11
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-08-07
Perfect Zinnia 003

Date: 2024-07-22

Zinnia transplants ready for the garden.

Date: 2014-08-25
Location: In my zone 8 garden
Date: 2012-10-16

Date: 2014-08-04

Date: 2014-08-25
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-09-28
Found these growing next to a soybean field
Uploaded by sedumzz
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-09-19
Uploaded by sedumzz

Date: 2014-08-19
Location: Maine

Date: 2019-07-25

Date: 2012-10-02
Location: Lake Macquarie, N.S.W., Australia
Date: 2018-02-03
grown from seed
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-09-05
Location: DISCLAIMER: This is an old photo from an old phone. I don't know why, but the photos look "deep fried". sorry about that.
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-06-05
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2015-06-05
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-08-28
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-08-28
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-08-14

Date: 2014-10-08

Date: 2016-07-15

Variegated Zinnia
Location: Mason, New Hampshire
Date: 2013-07-24

Date: 2013-08-18
Uploaded by Newyorkrita

Date: 2015-08-26

Date: 2015-08-26

Date: 2015-08-26

Date: 2013-08-09
Location: Cherokee County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden, Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2012-04-30
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-07-12
Candy Cane and California Giant zinnias
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-07-26
Uploaded by stilldew
Location: b
Date: 2016-07-27
Uploaded by Paul2032

Date: 2013-08-29

Date: 2014-08-19

Date: 2011-08-14

Date: 2011-08-14

Date: 2011-08-14
Location: Test garden 
Date: 2017-05-12
Location: Test garden 
Date: 2017-05-05

Date: 2014-08-25

Date: 2013-08-09

Date: 2014-08-25

Date: 2019-09-05

Date: 2014-08-25
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-13
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-13

Date: 2014-08-04

Date: 2014-08-25

Date: 2014-08-25

Date: 2014-08-25

Date: 2014-08-25

Date: 2014-08-25

Date: 2014-08-25

Date: 2014-08-19

Date: 2014-08-19

Date: 2014-08-19
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-06-13

Date: 2014-08-19
Location: In my 8A garden.
Date: June 2016

Date: 2014-07-27

Date: 2014-07-27

Date: 2012-09-26

Date: 2007-09-26

Date: 2012-10-02

Date: 2012-10-02
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2007-07-31
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2007-07-31
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2007-07-28
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2007-07-28
Location: Kyle, TX
Date: 2020-04-18
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-09-10
Location: Hood, Alabama 
Date: 2022-09-03
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-05-22
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-01-19

Date: 2014-08-05
Zahara behind.......Magellan in front
Uploaded by wildflowers

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Comments:
  • Posted by MarineBob (Cape Cod, Mass) on Jan 21, 2023 6:28 AM concerning plant:
    We love Zinnias. We've got a bed along a warm side of the house by the garage. It's maybe half full of various perennials and the rest has spring bulbs and such that are gone by early summer. In the past we've put in annuals, which is OK, but last summer we planted zinnia seeds. Amazing results. I bought a big sack, which seems to be an economical way to go, and planted them in a fairly dense way. They grew pretty quickly and made a thick colorful carpet in the area. We more or less scratched the seeds into the surface and kept them moist for the week or two it took for them to get going. Only problem we had was that someone ate a bunch of the sprouts. I think it was rabbits or chipmunks. So I reseeded and covered the whole patch with a wide mesh net used for berry plants and left it so the plants grew through it. After the plants got going we never watered the bed and it was a fairly dry summer, so they are very tolerant of dry weather. I would guess they may have been fuller with more water but still came out beautiful. Highly recommend for a nice very colorful carpet.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 12, 2013 5:25 PM concerning plant:
    I love to use zinnias as a filler in any area of the garden that is in need of lots of color from spring till frost. You can buy nursery transplants of these colorful annuals, but really they are so easy to start from seed.
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Lovely, Paul! by chelle Nov 5, 2012 7:14 AM 2
Untitled by 4susiesjoy Aug 14, 2013 7:40 AM 3
Untitled by gjs2239 Aug 23, 2014 11:47 AM 1
Very unusual zinnia flower form by ZenMan Jul 18, 2016 8:23 PM 5
Nice by Leftwood Dec 6, 2016 11:04 PM 1
(Zinnia elegans 'Redman Super Cactus') by ZenMan Dec 7, 2016 11:15 PM 1
Zinnias by jesimpson25 Nov 17, 2018 8:04 AM 1
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