Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Zinnia elegans (ZIN-ee-a-EL-e-ganz)
white, pink, red, purple, yellow
Form and Size:
The stems of zinnia are up to 24 inches long with coarse foliage. At the stem end there is a single flower head that has a ˝ – 3-inch diameter. The most common shapes are the daisy-like bloom and the round bloom.
4 – 5 days, sometimes longer
summer – early-fall
Remove any leaves from the bottom of the stem that will fall below the water line, cut stems under water and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Compositae (aster) family, zinnia originated in the Americas. This includes Mexico, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Arizona and Texas. Its botanical and popular name comes from Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727-1759). Zinn was a medical professor at Gottingen University. Zinnia beautifully complements any flower in mixed arrangements, or will look lovely arranged alone in a vase.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of zinnia include sunflower, yarrow, chrysanthemum and dahlia. The Spaniards called zinnia “mal de ojos” because they considered the flower ugly.