ZINNIA elegans 'Scarlet Flame' (Zinnia, Scarlet - Scarlet Flame) is a specific cultivar of Zinnia elegans known for its striking scarlet-red flowers. This Zinnia species is native to Mexico. Scarlet Flame can be found in seed catalogs dating back to the 1930’s, and its large flowers have become a mainstay in American flower garden. It is a popular choice among gardeners for its intense and fiery color.
This zinnia cultivar forms upright, bushy plants with multiple stems branching out from the base. The foliage consists of lance-shaped leaves that are typically medium to dark green. The plants can reach a height of about 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) and have a spread of approximately 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm).
'Scarlet Flame' zinnias thrive in full sun, requiring at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. They prefer well-drained soil that is fertile and rich in organic matter. These plants are relatively drought-tolerant once established but benefit from regular watering during dry periods.
'Scarlet Flame' zinnias produce medium to large-sized flowers in a vivid scarlet-red shade. The petals are typically velvety and have a rich, intense color that resembles flames. The flowers have a classic daisy-like shape, with a prominent central disk surrounded by ray-like petals.
Zinnia elegans 'Scarlet Flame' has a long blooming period, typically starting in mid-summer and continuing until fall, depending on the climate and growing conditions. The plants produce an abundance of scarlet-red flowers that stand out and create a bold focal point in the garden.
'Scarlet Flame' zinnias add a bold and vibrant touch to flower beds, borders, and container gardens. Their intense scarlet-red color makes them stand out among other plants and creates a striking visual impact. They are also popular as cut flowers, adding a fiery touch to floral arrangements and bouquets.
Zinnia elegans 'Scarlet Flame' is an excellent choice for gardeners seeking zinnias with intense red flowers that bring a fiery and captivating presence to their outdoor spaces. With their vibrant blooms and easy cultivation, this zinnia cultivar adds a burst of intense color and drama to gardens and floral displays.
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Scientific Name: Zinnia Elegans
Common Name: Zinnia, Scarlet Flame
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Mexico, North America
Height: 30 to 40 "
Spread: 8 to 12 "
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Attracts: Butterflies, Birds and Moths
Resistant: Drought, Deer
Flower Color: Red
Characteristics: Plant of merit, Showy
Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Loose, Rich, Well-drained
Soil pH: 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Advantage: Quick growth, Easy to grow
Uses: Popular garden flowers, used in cutting flowers, Dried arrangements