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|Flowering in late summer when many other plants have peaked, Zinnias extend the blooming season and are popular for their easy culture and tremendous variety of flowers. Flower colors include bold and hot reds, oranges, and yellows, as well as soft pastel shades of apricot, rose, cream, light yellow, and lavender. Flowers are single or double, solid, bicolored, streaked or spotted, and plants come in many shapes and sizes. Dwarf plants start at 6 inches tall, while tall-growing varieties grow up to 3 feet. Use for bedding or mass plantings. Use dwarf varieties in edging and containers. The graceful narrow-leaved Zinnia is useful for naturalizing in rock gardens, containers, and hanging baskets. Seedlings resent root disturbance, so start in peat pots or sow directly only after ground has warmed. Avoid overhead watering to reduce mildew.
There are a variety of Z. elegans, from giants to dwarfs, with daisy or dahlia-like flowers from 1 to 7 inches across in a rainbow of colors and bicolors. 'Rose Pinwheel' is a hybrid resistant to mildew.
Attributes - Zinnia elegans
Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Season: Mid Summer through Early Fall
Flower Color: Lavender, Magenta, Orange, Peach, Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow
Height: 4 in. to 3 ft.
Width: 1 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates. Container Plants, Cut Flowers, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Caterpillars, Powdery Mildew, Spider Mites.
Zinnia 'Canary Bird', Zinnia acerosa, Zinnia angustifolia 'Classic Golden Orange', Zinnia angustifolia 'Classic White', Zinnia elegans 'Peter Pan', Zinnia elegans 'Peter Pan Orange', Zinnia elegans 'Thumbelina'