ZINNIA elegans 'Orange King' (Zinnia, Orange - Orange King) is a specific cultivar of Zinnia elegans known for its vibrant and bold orange-colored flowers. It is a popular choice among gardeners for its striking and cheerful hue. Orange King zinnia is an annual flowering plant native to Mexico, it is a tall-growing zinnia, bearing showy, semi-double orange blooms on tall stems.
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).
'Orange King' 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.
'Orange King' zinnias produce medium to large-sized flowers in a captivating shade of orange. The petals are typically a bright and intense orange color, creating a vibrant and eye-catching display. The flowers have a classic daisy-like shape, with a prominent central disk surrounded by ray-like petals.
Zinnia elegans 'Orange King' 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 orange flowers that create a vibrant and cheerful display.
'Orange King' zinnias add a burst of vibrant color to flower beds, borders, and container gardens. Their bold orange hue stands out and creates a lively and energetic atmosphere. They are also popular as cut flowers, adding a bright and cheerful touch to floral arrangements and bouquets.
Zinnia elegans 'Orange King' is an excellent choice for gardeners who want zinnias with vibrant and bold orange flowers that bring a cheerful and lively presence to their outdoor spaces. With their intense blooms and easy cultivation, this zinnia cultivar adds a vibrant splash of color and joy to gardens and floral displays.
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Scientific Name: Zinnia Elegans
Common Name: Zinnia, Orange King
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: Southwestern United States to South America, Mexico
Height: 36 to 48 "
Spread: 12 to 24 "
Habitat: Scrub and dry grassland areas
Exposure: Full Sun
Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Attracts: Pollinators, Bees, Butterflies and Hummingbirds
Resistant: Drought and deer
Flower Color: Orange
Characteristics: Showy, Plant of merit
Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Clay, Loam, Chalk, Sand
Soil pH: Well-drained, Moist
Advantage: Low maintenance, Easy to grow
Uses: Traditional garden, Rock garden, Informal and cottage, Prairie and meadow