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Thumb of 2015-11-25/ZenMan/4e53c9@ZenMan submitted this image in the Annuals category of the The 2015 All Things Plants Photo Contest.

ZenMan added a caption:Pink and white zinnia.
Name: Bev
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webesemps
Dec 8, 2015 4:26 PM CST
The subtle coloring of this flower was screaming at me, if you could imagine that. I love the color combo on this flower, though I'm not a zinnia fan. Is this zinnia from one of your crosses ZenMan? I don't see any of the tubular petals but thought maybe the pretty coloring was one of your results.
Name: ZenMan
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ZenMan
Dec 9, 2015 2:39 AM CST
Yes, it is one of mine. It gets its two-color petals from a Whirlgig parent. Besides two-color and three-color petals, Whirligigs have several other traits that are of interest to me. Some of them have petals with a "toothy" effect on the petal ends, and by crossing and selecting between toothy parents, I have been able to get zinnia blooms like this.

And toothy zinnia blooms like this.
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And some with extremely refined blooms like this.
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However, I like to cross Whirligigs with large cactus flowered zinnias to get specimens like this.
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There are so many different kinds of zinnias that the number of possible crosses you could make is, well, astronomical.

ZM

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