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ZenMan added a caption:Strange zinnia.
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Dec 8, 2015 10:58 PM CST
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
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Wow so pretty! Great color and look and texture Hurray!
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Dec 9, 2015 3:18 PM CST
Name: ZenMan
rural Kansas (Zone 5b)
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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.
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This scabious recombinant zinnia had extremely large long guard petals, which reminded me of a waterlily bloom.

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.
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Dec 9, 2015 3:40 PM CST
Name: Greg Colucci
Seattle WA (Zone 8b)
Sempervivums Sedums Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Cactus and Succulents Container Gardener Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Both are really pretty!! I like what you are coming up with! Thumbs up
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