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Creeping zinnia

Sanvitalia procumbens

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Virtually covered in yellow, daisy-type flowers throughout summer, creeping zinnia makes a cheerful addition to any garden. Plants are mat-forming with bright green foliage. Easy to grow and tolerant of heat and drought, creeping zinnia is a generous bloomer that doesn’t need deadheading. It makes a wonderful ground cover and looks great planted among rocks or along pathways. It’s an excellent filler and spiller for containers, and it combines nicely with just about any summer-blooming plant

Noteworthy CharacteristicsProstrate habit. Daisy-like flowers with black centers over a long period. Mexican native.

CareGrow in full sun and well-drained soil that is rich in humus and moderately fertile.

PropagationSow seeds indoors four to six weeks before the last frost or directly into the garden, taking care not to cover the area with mulch until the plants have sprouted and are established. For the best germination, sow seeds at the soil surface.

ProblemsInfrequent.

  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Uses : Containers, Ground Covers
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow
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