ZINNIA elegans 'Cherry Queen' (Zinnia, Red - Cherry Queen) is a specific cultivar of Zinnia elegans, known for its striking red flowers. It is a popular choice among gardeners for its intense and rich red color. They can be found in south west of North America, particularly Mexico and throughout South America.
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).
'Cherry Queen' 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.
'Cherry Queen' zinnias produce medium to large-sized flowers in a vibrant shade of red. The petals are typically a deep, velvety red color, reminiscent of ripe cherries. The flowers have a classic daisy-like shape, with a prominent central disk surrounded by ray-like petals.
Zinnia elegans 'Cherry Queen' 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 red flowers, creating a bold and eye-catching display.
'Cherry Queen' zinnias make a bold statement in flower beds, borders, and container gardens. Their intense red color adds a vibrant touch to garden designs and stands out among other plants. They are also popular as cut flowers, providing a striking focal point in floral arrangements and bouquets.
Zinnia elegans 'Cherry Queen' is a fantastic choice for gardeners who desire vibrant red flowers that bring a bold and captivating presence to their outdoor spaces. With its eye-catching blooms and easy cultivation, this zinnia cultivar adds a burst of intense color to gardens and floral displays.
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Scientific Name: Zinnia Elegans
Common Name: Zinnia, Red – Cherry Queen
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: South west of North America
Height: 36 to 48 "
Spread: 12 to 24 "
Habitat: Hot and dry landscapes in North America
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Attracts: Pollinators, Butterflies, Birds
Resistant: Drought, Deer
Flower Color: Red
Characteristics: Showy, Fragrant, Cut flowers
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Moist but well-drained
Soil pH: Neutral to slightly alkaline, Slightly acidic to Neutral
Advantage: Easy to grow and maintain
Uses: City and courtyard, Cutting garden, Informal and cottage, Prairie and meadow