Prairie zinnia

Zinnia grandiflora

Photo/Illustration: 
Bill Johnson
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Prairie zinnia (Zinnia grandiflora)
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Genus:  Zinnia
This native perennial wildflower of the American Southwest bears a profusion of bright yellow to golden yellow flowers atop 4-inch high plants that spread to 15 inches wide. They bloom from late summer into fall. 
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This smaller flowered species is perfect for edging and naturalized areas, as well as mixed borders and cottage gardens.
Care:  Provide fertile, well-drained soil in full sun with good air circulation. Plants will tolerate a variety of soils. They do not break dormancy until the heat of early summer warms the soil. Deadhead spent blossoms to continue flowering.
Propagation:  Sow seed (preferably in succession for longer flowering period) where it is to grow in late spring or at 55-65°F in early spring. Divide in early summer.
Problems:  Bacterial and fungal spots, bacterial wilt, powdery mildew, Southern blight, stem rots, caterpillars, mealybugs, spider mites.

Overview

Height
Less than 6 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Song Birds,
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Roadside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Desert Garden,
Herb Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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