ZINNIA elegans 'Thumbelina' (Zinnia, Dwarf Mixed - Thumbelina), known for its compact size and a charming mix of colorful flowers. It is a popular choice among gardeners who want zinnias with shorter stems that are well-suited for small gardens, containers, or the front of flower beds.
This zinnia cultivar has a compact and bushy growth habit, with dense foliage and numerous flower clusters. The plants typically reach a height of about 6 to 10 inches (15 to 25 cm), making them well-suited for borders, edging, or containers. The foliage consists of lance-shaped leaves that are medium to dark green in color.
'Thumbelina' 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.
'Thumbelina' zinnias produce small to medium-sized flowers in a mix of vibrant colors. The flowers come in a range of shades, including red, pink, orange, yellow, purple, and white. The blooms have a classic daisy-like shape, with a prominent central disk surrounded by ray-like petals.
Zinnia elegans 'Thumbelina' has a relatively 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 flowers that cover the compact mounds, providing a colorful display throughout the season.
'Thumbelina' zinnias are ideal for small gardens, containers, or areas where their compact size can be appreciated. They work well as border plants, edging along pathways, or for adding a burst of color to rock gardens. Due to their shorter stems, they are also suitable for cutting and using in floral arrangements.
Zinnia elegans 'Thumbelina' is a delightful choice for gardeners who want compact zinnias that provide a beautiful mix of colors without taking up much space. With their vibrant blooms and dwarf stature, these zinnias add charm and a splash of color to various garden settings.
This charming variety may be shorter, but still produces an abundance of cheerful blossoms in a wide range of colors. Zinnias are edible, but have little flavor. The colorful flowers can make a pretty garnish to salads, desserts, cold drinks, or serving trays.
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Scientific Name: Zinnia Elegans
Common Name: Zinnia, Thumbelina
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: All regions of North America, Mexico
Spread: 8 to 10 "
Exposure: Full Sun / Part Shade
Blooming Season: Summer (Early, Mid, Late), Fall
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Flower Color: Mix, Salmon, Pink, Rose, Purple, Red, Orange
Characteristics: Fragrant, Showy
Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Water Requirement: Low, Average
Soil Type: Moist but well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Advantage: Easy to grow, Low maintenance
Uses: Perfect for borders or containers, use petals as a garnish or mixed in with lettuces