ZINNIA elegans 'Thumbelina' (Zinnia, Dwarf Mixed - Thumbelina)
Zinnia 'Thumbelina’ was an All-America Selection winner in 1963. Plants grow to just twelve inches tall, and the semi-double to double flower colors include pink, purple, red, orange, white, and yellow. This species is native to Mexico, and the plants are fast-growing and long-blooming.
Zinnia elegans Thumbelina is relatively easy to grow and prefers full sun and well-draining soil. It is also fairly drought-tolerant and can withstand some heat, making it a great option for hot and dry climates. To encourage continuous blooming, it is recommended to deadhead the spent flowers regularly.
This charming variety may be shorter, but still produces an abundance of cheerful blossoms in a wide range of colors. Zinnias are edible, but have little flavor. The colorful flowers can make a pretty garnish to salads, desserts, cold drinks, or serving trays.
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Scientific Name: Zinnia Elegans
Common Name: Zinnia, Thumbelina
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: All regions of North America, Mexico
Spread: 8 to 10 "
Exposure: Full Sun / Part Shade
Blooming Season: Summer (Early, Mid, Late), Fall
Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Flower Color: Mix, Salmon, Pink, Rose, Purple, Red, Orange
Characteristics: Fragrant, Showy
Moisture: Dry, Moderate
Water Requirement: Low, Average
Soil Type: Moist but well-drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Advantage: Easy to grow, Low maintenance
Uses: Perfect for borders or containers, use petals as a garnish or mixed in with lettuces