Zinnias in formation guarding the vegetable garden
Zinnias are popular garden flowers because they come in a wide range of flower colors and shapes, and they can withstand hot summer temperatures, and are easy to grow from seeds.
They are grown in fertile, humus-rich, and well-drained soil, in an area with full sun.
They will reseed themselves each year.
Zinnia peruviana was introduced to Europe in the early 1700s.
Around 1790 Z. elegans (Zinnia violacea) was introduced and those plants had a single row of ray florets which were violet. In 1829, scarlet flowering plants were available under the name 'Coccinea'. Double flowering types were available in 1858, coming from India,
and they were in a range of colors including shades of
reds, rose, purple, orange, buff, and rose stripped
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