Common Zinnia

Zinnia elegans


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.

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

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

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.

Its natural habitat is, Containers, patio gardens, recreational areas, walkways, borders and mass plantings..

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.

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Planting Zinnia elegans

Sow seeds directly after the last frost date has passed.

Companion plant suggestions include Marigold, Dusty Miller, Sanvitalia, Cosmos

Caring for Common Zinnia

Seeds of zinnia flowers should usually be sown directly into the sunny flower bed, as developing roots do not like to be disturbed.

It is happiest in Moist

In terms of water, Common Zinnia needs Tolerates some drought.

Pruning Zinnia

Clipping the plant back often results in more abundant blooms.


Zinnia is susceptible to powdery mildew, leaf spots and root rot.

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