ZINNIA elegans (Zinnia, Coral) is a specific cultivar of Zinnia elegans, known for its beautiful coral-colored flowers. It is a popular choice among gardeners for its vibrant and warm hue. The species is native to Mexico, and the plants are fast-growing and long blooming.
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).
'Coral' 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.
'Coral' zinnias produce medium to large-sized flowers in a striking coral color. The petals are usually a rich shade of orange-pink, resembling the vibrant tones found in coral reefs. The flowers have a classic daisy-like shape, with a prominent central disk surrounded by ray-like petals.
Zinnia elegans 'Coral' has a long blooming period, typically starting in mid-summer and continuing until fall, depending on the climate and growing conditions. With regular deadheading (removing faded flowers), the plants can continue to produce new blooms, prolonging the flowering season.
'Coral' zinnias add a touch of warmth and vibrancy to flower beds, borders, and container gardens. Their vibrant color stands out among other plants and complements various garden color schemes. They also make beautiful cut flowers, adding a pop of color to floral arrangements and bouquets.
Zinnia elegans 'Coral' is a delightful choice for gardeners seeking a coral-colored flower that brings a cheerful and warm presence to their outdoor spaces. With its attractive blooms and easy cultivation, this zinnia cultivar adds a splash of vibrant color to gardens and floral displays.
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Scientific Name: Zinnia Elegans
Common Name: Zinnia, Coral
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Mexico
Height: 30 to 40 inches
Spread: 12 to 24 inches
Habitat: Woodlands, Roadsides, Mesic woods, Coniferous forests
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer to Fall
Attracts: Butterflies, Birds, Wasps, Bees
Resistant: Deer, Drought
Flower Color: Orange
Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Soil Type: Humus rich, Well-drained
Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.5
Advantage: Fast growth, Easy to grow and maintain
Uses: Beds, Borders, Patio and Containers, Traditional Garden, Good for cut flowers