Common zinnia is a member of the Zinnia family. Its botanical name is Zinnia elegans.
Zinnia elegans is the best known of the Zinnias and comes in a kaleidoscope of different colours. Cultivars produce either striped, speckled or bi-coloured blooms and are usually grown as annuals.
These make excellent cut flower arrangements. Easy for beginner seed-savers.
Blooms normally display as a colour very similar to Blaze orange and Flamingo pink and Cream. Leaves usually appear in Grade 1 Paint Green
It is a flower and is treated mainly as an annual, so it grows best over the course of a single year.
Normally growing to a mature height of 75.0 cm (2.44 feet), Common zinnia grows with a erect habit.
If you would like to attract butterflies and bees to your garden, consider growing this plant.
Mexico is believed to be where Common zinnia originates from.
Common zinnia is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Common zinnia have been kindly provided by our members.
Position in a full sun / partial sun location and remember to water moderately. Common zinnia needs a soil ph of 5.5 to 7.0 (weakly acidic soil - neutral soil). Common zinnia is generally regarded as a tender plant, so remember to ensure that temperatures are mild before moving outdoors.
See our list of companion Plants for Common zinnia to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Common zinnia about 21 days before your last frost date .
Cut flowers, or allow them to dry on the plant. When the flower head is completely dry, pull the petals off. The base of each petal has a seed.
Seed viability is ten years.
These estimates for how long Common zinnia takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average 6 days | Min 2 days | Max 18 days (267)
Average 32 days | Min 22 days | Max 69 days (7)
Average 56 days | Min 39 days | Max 126 days (7)
Our when to plant Common zinnia estimates are relative to your last frost date.
Dahlia white zinnia
Misspellings: Zinna, Zinna elegans
Easy pop of brilliant colors. These have become some of my fave annuals to sow every season to fill in around perennials, and in pots of their own.
PlantyHamchuk about growing Common zinnia 'Burpee giant flowered mix'
There are fancier cutting flowers, and even fancier zinnias, but this produced a long season of pink and coral blooms that are perfect for freshcut arrangements and attractive to pollinators.
angelchrome about growing Zinnia elegans pumila 'Cut and Come Again'