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Zinnias as cut flowers
Zinnias as cut flowers

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Zones A1-A3, 1-45, H1, H2
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Zinnia

Zinnia
Asteraceae (Compositae)
Annuals

Longtime favorites for colorful, round flowers, typically in summer and early fall. These are hotweather plants that do not gain from being planted early; they merely stand still until weather warms up. Subject to mildew in foggy places, if given overhead water, and when autumn brings longer nights,more dew and shade. Sow seeds where plants are to grow (or set out nursery plants) from late spring to early summer. Give good garden soil, feed generously. Most garden zinnias belong to Z. elegans.

Zinnia angustifolia
Zinnia angustifolia

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Zinnia angustifolia

Compact growth to 16 in. high and wide, with very narrow leaves to 2 1/2 in. long.Orange, inch-wide flowers; each ray has a paler stripe. Blooms in 6 weeks from seed, continues late into fall.

Zinnia elegans
Zinnia elegans

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Zinnia elegans

The common garden zinnia, sold in strains ranging from less than a foot high and wide to 4 ft. tall, half as wide. Oval to lance-shaped leaves to 5 in. long; summer flowers from less than 1 in. to as much as 5–7 in. across. Forms include full double, cactus flowered (with quilled rays), and crested (cushionlike center surrounded by rows of broad rays); the many colors available include white, pink, salmon, rose, red, yellow, orange, lavender, and purple.

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