Common Zinnia
Zinnias are beautiful flowers that are great for butterfly gardens. They are one of the easiest flowers to grow, as they grow quickly and bloom heavily. Zinnia flowers can create a massive burst of color in your garden. Growing zinnia plants can be inexpensive, particularly when growing them from seed.
Botanical Name: Zinnia elegans
Nom Français: Zinnia

Features

Bloom colour: Orange | Pink | Red | White | Yellow
Blooms: Summer - Zone 5
Pollinators: Butterflies
Sun or Shade: Full Sun | Partial Sun
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: Up to 2 feet (70 cm)
Mexico, Central America
It grows well in hardiness zones: 2-11

Common Zinnia is a very rewarding, brightly coloured plant that blooms from early summer until frost. They are very popular amongst gardeners due to their variety of sizes, colours and forms. It is an annual that is easy to grow.

Planting

Containers, patio gardens, recreational areas, walkways, borders and mass plantings.
Water requirement: Tolerates some drought.
Moist
Sow seeds directly after the last frost date has passed.
These easy-to-grow flowers are great for plant containers in urban balcony gardens.

Care

Seeds of zinnia flowers should usually be sown directly into the sunny flower bed, as developing roots do not like to be disturbed.
1-4 feet tall.
Zinnia is susceptible to powdery mildew, leaf spots and root rot.

Pruning

Spread: Up to 1 foot
Clipping the plant back often results in more abundant blooms.

Considerations

This plant attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds and also makes great cut flowers.
Native to Canada

Styling and Use

Plant Zinnia in loam or high organic soils that are well-draining. They require full sun and grow well in many different places such as in pots, in cottage gardens, or in cut gardens.
Marigold, Dusty Miller, Sanvitalia, Cosmos

Other

The zinnia is named in honor of Johann Gottfried Zinn, a German botanist.

History

The Aztecs originally called them "plants that are hard on the eyes" because of their bright and colourful flowers.

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