The names of flowers often intrigue me. As I collected the photos for this blog, I wondered where a name like ‘zinnia’ came from. Was it an obscure Old English word, or perhaps a family name from someone who first cultivated a correlating weed? In this case, the name zinnia was conferred by the famous botanist Carl Linnaeus in honor of another botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn. Zinn was the director of the botanic garden at the University of Gottingen, but as far as I could discover didn’t have a direct relationship to the zinnia. Instead, it appear Linnaeus wanted to honor Zinn’s general contributions to botany and to his work in anatomy by naming a flower after him.

Here’s a 3-minute video on growing a beautiful patch of cutting flowers from a packet of zinnia seeds. Here’s a 1-minute video of a zinnia patch covered in butterflies. Here’s a 3-minute video on collecting seeds from the zinnias grown in your garden.

FunFacts about Zinnias: (Source

  • Basic Information, quote: Zinnia is a genus of plants of the sunflower tribe within the daisy family. They are native to scrub and dry grassland in an area stretching from the Southwestern United States to South America, with a centre of diversity in Mexico. Members of the genus are notable for their solitary long-stemmed flowers that come in a variety of bright colors. The genus name honors German master botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727–59). (Source)
  • Zinnias range in height from four inches to forty.
  • Zinnias are annuals and are grown in the summertime.
  • Zinnias make a great cutting flower. The more flowers that are cut, the more the plant produces.
  • Zinnias come in a variety of colors and can be yellow, red, white, purple, orange and lilac.
  • Zinnias like the heat.
  • The most familiar zinnia originated in Mexico and is the species Zinnia elegans, also known as Zinnia violacea.
  • Zinnias have been grown in the International Space Station.
  • The petals and overall blossom structure of different zinnia species can vary greatly, from a single layer to thick, multiple layers.

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37 thoughts on “Zinnias

  1. Beautiful pictures! I like the vibrant colors of the zinnias. I enjoyed watching the videos. I remember going to the fair where I grew up at an walking through the one barn where they had cut flowers and seeing a lot of different zinnias in there that was entered.

  2. Zinnias are not really a favorite of mine. In New England they are a fall flower which means winter is right around the corner. I do love that the middle has tiny little flowers surrounding the main flower.

  3. The simplicity and the complexity of the flowers is quite stunning. They are offering their pollen to any insect flying by! I especially like viewing the butterflies feeding off of them.

  4. This is my sister’s favorite flower. So easy to grow and such pretty colors. She has them every year.

  5. Up North my zinnias were outstanding.
    Here in NC they bloom early but by midsummer the humidity causes a mildew like blight.
    It’s ok though, by then the finches are already pulling out the petals.

  6. I love zinnias. I received seeds one year from a gas station promo–early 90s–and planted them at my then townhouse. They grew and grew. I didn’t realize they were going to get that tall. I didn’t think before I planted, and they were not in a good place.

    denise from maryland

  7. Love all the beautiful pictures and the colors are gorgeous. I never knew they came in so many different shades. I have never grown them but they are really gorgeous! AZ

  8. I had forgotten that zinnias are an excellent flower for my little corner of the Mojave Desert. I’ll definitely be buying seeds and planting them in next year’s garden! Thank you for all the lovely pictures.

  9. They are a very pretty flower.I wonder if someone tried hard enough if they could survive a summer around here. I guess in a house would be an option.
    Sanford, Maine

  10. My neighbor is growing these..they are so pretty!! At first I thought they were “long stemmed ” marigolds…lol!! I plan on planting some next year..they last so long and are so pretty and colorful!!

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