With the look of a small-flowered, trailing zinnia, this Mexican native grows only 4–6 in. high but spreads or trails to 1 1/2 ft. or wider. Leaves are like miniature (to 2 in. long) zinnia leaves. Flowers are nearly 1 in. wide, with bright yellow (most common) or orange rays around a dark purple-brown center. Blooms from midsummer until frost. The Tsavo strain has single or double yellow flowers. ‘Sunbini’ is mounding, has yellow blooms. ‘Sprite Orange’ is a good orange-flowered variety.
Needs good drainage. Plant is adversely affected by transplanting, so sow seeds where plants will grow. Plant from earliest spring (in mildest-winter climates) to late spring (where soil is slow to warm up). Heat-resistant. Use as a temporary filler in borders or edgings, as cover for a slope or bank; or plant in hanging baskets or pots.
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