ZINNIA elegans 'Will Rogers' (Zinnia, Red - Will Rogers) is a striking cultivar of Zinnia elegans, commonly known as common zinnia. This variety was named after the famous American Will Rogers and produces stunning, big, red flowers that really stand out. Introduced in the 1940s, Zinnia ‘Will Rogers’ boasts rounded, fully double flowers packed with brilliant red petals.
This zinnia cultivar forms tall and upright plants that can reach heights of about 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm). The foliage consists of medium to dark green, lance-shaped leaves, which provide a lush backdrop to the vibrant red blooms.
Zinnia elegans 'Will Rogers' thrives 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.
'Will Rogers' zinnias produce large, single-flowered heads in a deep and captivating shade of red. The petals are broad and slightly overlapping, giving the flowers a bold and eye-catching appearance. The blooms have a classic zinnia shape, with a prominent central disk surrounded by colorful petals.
'Will Rogers' zinnias have a long blooming period, typically starting in mid-summer and continuing until the first frost. They produce a profusion of flowers that cover the plants, creating a stunning display of red color. Regular deadheading of spent blooms can help promote continuous flowering.
Zinnia elegans 'Will Rogers' is a striking choice for adding a vibrant and bold splash of red to flower beds, borders, and cutting gardens. The intense red blooms create a captivating focal point and attract pollinators like bees and butterflies. They can also be used in combination with other flower colors to create visually stunning and dynamic planting schemes.
Zinnia elegans 'Will Rogers' offers a bold and captivating display of red flowers. With their vibrant color and classic zinnia form, these zinnias make a striking addition to any garden or floral arrangement.
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Scientific Name: Zinnia Elegans
Common Name: Zinnia, Red – Will Rogers
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: All regions of North America, Mexico
Height: 24 to 36 "
Spread: 12 to 24 "
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer (Early, Mid, Late), Fall
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies
Flower Color: Red
Characteristics: Fragrant, Showy
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Moist but well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Advantage: Low maintenance, Easy to grow
Uses: City and Courtyard, Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden