SANVITALIA procumbens (Creeping Zinnia) is a low-growing annual plant native to Mexico and Central America. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and is appreciated for its charming, daisy-like flowers and its ability to spread and trail along the ground or cascade over the edges of containers. Creeping Zinnia is often used as a ground cover or as a trailing plant in gardens and hanging baskets.
Creeping Zinnia is a compact, mat-forming plant that typically grows to a height of 4 to 8 inches (10 to 20 cm) and spreads up to 12 to 24 inches (30 to 60 cm). It has succulent-like, oval to lance-shaped leaves that are medium to dark green in color. The foliage has a slight fuzziness or hairiness to it. This species thrives in full sun and prefers well-drained soil. It is tolerant of heat and drought, making it suitable for hot and arid climates.
The flowers of Sanvitalia procumbens are small and daisy-like, featuring yellow or golden petals surrounding a darker yellow or brown center. Each flower resembles a miniature sunflower or zinnia, hence the common name "Creeping Zinnia." The flowers are profuse and bloom throughout the summer, adding a splash of cheerful color to the landscape.
Creeping Zinnia typically blooms from late spring to fall, providing a long-lasting display of vibrant yellow flowers. Deadheading spent flowers can help promote continuous blooming and maintain a neat appearance.
Creeping Zinnia is often used as a ground cover in rock gardens, border edges, or along pathways where its trailing habit can be showcased. It is also popular for use in hanging baskets, containers, or cascading over retaining walls. Its low-growing nature and prolific flowers make it an attractive choice for adding color to small spaces or for filling in gaps in the garden.
Creeping Zinnia, with its charming yellow flowers and trailing habit, is a delightful addition to gardens, borders, containers, and hanging baskets. Its adaptability, heat tolerance, and extended blooming period make it a valuable plant for adding color and texture to various outdoor spaces.
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Scientific Name: Sanvitalia Procumbens
Common Name: Creeping Zinnia
Plant Type: Annuals
Zone: 2 to 11
Native Range: Mexico, Guatemala
Full Growth Height: 6-8"
Width in Across: 9-18 "
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: June to Frost
Pollinators: Bees, Other Pollinators
Flower Color: Yellow Petals with Dark Purple-Brown Centers
Tolerate: Drought, Dry Soil
Water Requirement: Low, Average
Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Well-Drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Uses: Ground Covers, Indoor Gardens, Parks