Interesting Facts About Zinnias


Zinnias are beautiful flowers that come in a variety of colors. They can grow up to 18 inches tall and have long, slender stems with large leaves. Zinnia plants usually produce between 10-20 blooms at one time.

Zinnias originated in the Americas and were first cultivated by Native Americans who used them for medicinal purposes. Today they are grown throughout North America as well as other parts of the world including Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia because they bloom all year round!

Here is everything you should know about zinnias:

The botanical origin of zinnias

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Zinnia comes from the Greek word, Zinna, which means “to shine.” The zinnias genus is made up of 70 species in the sunflower family. Most of these species are native to Mexico and North America.

Zinnias are part of the Asteraceae family

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The aster is a flower that has an outer disk and inner florets. The zinnia’s name comes from the German word, Aster, which means “star.” This makes sense because both flowers share similarities with their star-like appearance.

Zinnias are part of the Zinna genus

There are around 24 species in this genus that belong to the sunflower family. The original wild species was first discovered by Carolus Linnaeus, who brought it back on one of his expeditions to Mexico. Today, zinnias can be found all over North America and South America in different climates and growing conditions.

Common names of zinnias

Some common names for zinnias are Girasole, Mexican Sunflower, and Crane’s Bill.

Varieties, colors, and sizes of zinnias

Zinnias come in a large variety of different colors such as white, orange, yellow, red, pink, lavender, and purples. They can even be black or maroon! There are also different variations such as single-colored flowers and bicolor flowers (two-toned). The most common flower size is around two inches wide and tall; however, the larger cactus zinnia has blooms that can grow to be up to twelve inches long. Zinnias were mostly grown indoors until after World War II when they became more popular as outdoor plants. Now there are many different varieties of zinnias for gardens such as bush types which only grow to be around eighteen inches tall, and smaller varieties for containers. In addition to flowers, there are also several types of vegetable zinnias as well such as the Jerusalem Artichoke which is a perennial type of sunflower with edible tubers similar to those of artichokes.

Zinnia violacea or the Zinnia elegans is a species of flower that originated in Mexico and Guatemala that belongs to the Asteraceae family which consists of over three hundred genera and approximately twelve thousand different species. These types of flowers have been popularly used in gardens ever since Europeans first colonized America due to their ability to grow easily under many different conditions during changing seasons. In general, it only takes about two months from the time of seeding for these flowers to be ready for their first blooming.

Uses of zinnias

The flowers of the zinnia plant often called “crown daisies” or “annuals”, are used to make a variety of products. They may be made into infusions and eaten as vegetables or made into spices and eaten as spices.

Some people use zinnias in cooking, medicine, and craft projects.

Parts of the zinnia plant may be used or consumed for their nutritional value.

Flowers are edible and some people eat the leaves.

When dried it is sometimes made into a tea for medicinal purposes.

The blossoms can be consumed to alleviate stomach ailments caused by overeating or upset stomachs.

Some species of the plant are also occasionally smoked as a recreational drug because they can induce hallucinogenic experiences when used in this way.

Zinnias are often dyed for decorative purposes with food coloring, metallic salts, or other organic colorants to make them brighter colors such as orange, red, and green. These colors may last for a short period or longer depending on the type of dye used and other factors such as how much dye is absorbed into the plant.

Cultivation of zinnias

Zinnia flowers are almost always grown from zinnia seeds.

Zinnia plants grow well in temperate zones and need six hours of sunlight every day to keep blooming.

If kept indoors, they will stop growing once night comes.

They blossom best in summer and autumn.

A great way to enjoy these colorful flowers is by planting them in your backyard! A simple planter or garden can produce many different kinds of flowers that not only add beauty to any area but also produce delicious and nutritious fruits!

zinnias are poisonous

Some varieties of zinnia flowers are poisonous to cats, dogs, pigs, and some other animals. Eating too many seeds or plant parts may cause stomach upset in some animals. It is recommended that pets be kept away from these plants. Zinnias can also be dangerous for humans if they get on skin or eyes or ingest them. If this happens, it is best to wash the affected area with soap and water immediately.

how to grow zinnias

Zinnias are a type of daisy that come in a variety of colors and shapes and they’re grown as an ornamental plant. Zinnia flowers like full sun and dislike wet feet. They also need some soil nutrition, specifically nitrogen, which you can provide by adding blood meal to your flower bed. When growing zinnias it’s important to prepare the soil with plenty of organic compost as well as some manure. Higher nitrogen levels make for bigger flowers and more blooms.

Some people like to grow zinnias because they’re easy to care for, handle rain and drought well, and tolerate heat quite well too. They’re also good for all skill levels – from beginner gardeners to experienced professionals alike. Plant seeds in your flower bed in the spring when the soil is warm and follow good planting instructions that come with your particular seed.

Some people may want to plant zinnias in a pot so they can move them around depending on the weather because the flowers do best when planted where they get at least six hours of sunlight a day. Zinnias aren’t picky about their soil type, even if it’s clay-like. They’re also not affected by pests or diseases very often – if you notice anything odd going on with your plants, take a closer look and make sure there isn’t something weird under the leaves. If there is then simply remove it from the zinnia plant and keep doing what you normally would take care of the flowers.

Zinnias are annuals that can grow in a variety of climates and conditions, making them easy to plant and cultivate. If you’re looking for a flower that does well in either full sun or part shade then zinnias might be right for you! They also come in a huge variety of colors – from classic pink, yellow, white, and red to purple, green, blue, and orange.

Best environmental conditions for zinnias

The best environmental conditions to grow zinnias are the following: sunlight, soil that is fertile and well-draining and watering once a week.

They like full sun and should be planted in a place where they can receive as much as possible during the day. When planting, make sure to protect the roots from freezing by either mulching or covering them with hay or straw. They do well in most soils as long as they drain well and need to be watered every seven days or so to keep them healthy and growing.

Zinnias also do well in containers and the seeds can be started indoors. They are a good choice for plant sales because they can easily grow to a large size.

Zinnias prefer soil with an ideal pH range between 6.0 and 7.5, so it’s best to test the soil before planting, especially if you plan on growing them in one place year after year.

The best time to plant zinnias is in mid-spring or late summer/early fall depending on where you live and how quickly you would like them to grow and flower: see below for more info about when to plant your zinnia seedlings:

Planting Zinnias Indoors:

Planting Zinnias Outdoors:

If planting during the summer months, make sure to water them regularly until they are established because most zinnia varieties are not drought-tolerant.


Zinnias are a beautiful type of flower that comes in different colors, but did you know these flowers have their own unique set of facts? You can learn so much more about zinnias by checking out this article. Did you know the world’s largest zinnia was over 13 feet tall and weighed 1,267 pounds? Check out our article to find out all sorts of interesting information about these gorgeous blooms!

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