ZINNIA linearis (Classic Zinnia) is a species of Zinnia in the Asteraceae family. It is an herbaceous flowering plant species of zinnia native to northern and western Mexico and naturalized in the parts of the Southwestern United States. Unlike the more well-known Zinnia elegans, Zinnia linearis has a different growth habit and appearance.
Zinnia linearis is a low-growing, spreading plant with linear or thread-like leaves. It typically reaches a height of about 6 to 12 inches (15 to 30 centimeters) and spreads out to form a mat of foliage. The flowers are small and daisy-like, with single or double petals, and they come in various colors, including shades of white, pink, orange, and yellow.
Classic Zinnia is native to the southwestern United States and Mexico. It thrives in full sun and prefers well-draining soil. This species is relatively drought-tolerant and is well-suited for hot and dry climates.
Zinnia linearis is an excellent choice for rock gardens, borders, and edging due to its low, spreading growth habit. It can also be used as a ground cover in sunny areas. The colorful flowers and compact size make it an attractive addition to various garden settings.
The flowers of Zinnia linearis attract bees and butterflies, making it beneficial for pollinator-friendly gardens.
Low Maintenance: Zinnia linearis is generally low-maintenance. It requires regular watering, especially during dry spells, and deadheading spent flowers can promote continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding.
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Scientific Name: Zinnia Linearis
Common Name: Classical Zinnia
Plant Type: Annual
Native Range: South-eastern United States, Mexico
Height: 10 to 16 "
Spread: 6 to 12 "
Exposure: Exposed / Sheltered
Blooming Season: Summer, Fall
Attracts: Beneficial Insects, Hummingbirds, Bees, Butterflies
Resistant: Deer, Drought
Flower Color: Orange
Characteristics: Showy, Plant of Merit
Water Requirement: Low
Soil Type: Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Uses: Filler for bare spots in perennial gardens, Bouquets, Cut-flowers, Landscapes