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Zinnia elegans / Zinnia marylandica

<em>Zinnia elegans</em>
Zinnia elegans
Good garden annual for beds or pots. Good cut flower. Large colorful blooms on very sturdy plants. Bloom size ranges from 1-4 inches in diameter. 
Full sun, in moist well-drained soil. 

Many available. Some include:

'Cherry Ruffles' 18-24 inches tall, medium size red flowers

'Dreamland Mix' 8-10 inches tall, mix colors, large flowers on compact plants

'Magellan Series' 10-14 inches tall, pink flowers,

'Purple Dahlia' 3-5 feet tall, large flowers

'Envy' 18-24 inches tall, green flowers

'Zowie Yellow Flame' 18-24 inches tall, yellow flowers with red markings

'Zahara' Series, 12-18 inches tall, many colors, good disease tolerance

Mature Height
8-36 Inches
Annual Hardiness Type
Tender Annual
Bloom Color
Bloom Season
May - September
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
Exposure/Light Requirements
Full Sun
Pests and Problems

Bacterial Disease

Environmental Damage

Fungal Disease

Insect Damage

Additional pests and problems that may affect this plant:

Powdery mildew, xanthomonas leaf spot, botrytis, alternaria leaf spot, cercospora leaf spot
Additional Notes

For dependable, low maintenance zinnias resistant to powdery mildew, consider using Zinnia angustifolia cultivars. They produce numerous single flowers on compact spreading plants. They include: 'Crystal White' 10-14 inches tall, white flowers; Crystal Orange 10-14 inches tall, orange flowers; 'Star Orange' 10-14 inches tall, orange flowers; 'Star White' 10-14 inches tall , white flowers. The 'Profusion' Series, Zinnia hybrida also are excellent choices for disease tolerant zinnias.

Deadhead for continuous bloom.


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