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Beautiful Zinnia Varieties to Grow in Your Garden

Zinnias are wonderfully vibrant annuals with stout stems and showy flowers. An orchestra of dazzling zinnias adds a beautiful palette of pastel colors to any garden. These flowers are hardy and easy to cultivate in most parts of the United States, especially for novice gardeners. Zinnias are available in several different species and types, so there’s a flower to suit every garden. In this list, we’ll explore 43 popular types of zinnia flowers.

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About Zinnia Flowers

About Zinnia Flowers

Family & Genus

The Zinnia genus forms part of the Heliantheae or sunflower tribe in the daisy family (Asteraceae). The genus is named after 18th Century German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn and contains 22 recognized species. A vast array of zinnia cultivars have also been developed by horticulturalists using species such as Zinnia elegans or Zinnia angustifolia.

Native Range

Zinnias originated in Mexico, although their native range also spans parts of the Southwestern United States. Some zinnia species extend into parts of Central and South America, such as Honduras, Nicaragua, and Paraguay. Zinnias thrive in dry grasslands or scrublands because they are drought-tolerant and can survive in nutrient-poor soils.

Botanical Characteristics

Zinnias are true annuals, which means they complete their entire life cycle within a single year. Some zinnia species can grow as small to medium shrubs. Most zinnias grow between 1 and 4 feet tall, although dwarf varieties usually range from 4 to 12 inches tall.

Zinnias have stout, upright stems that each bear single composite flowers consisting of central disk florets surrounded by petals. Zinnia flowers come in single-flowered, double-flowered, and semi double-flowered forms. Colors include purple, pink, green, orange, red, yellow, and white, in addition to numerous bi-color varieties. 

Accepted Species

Accepted Species

There are over 20 accepted species of the Zinnia genus, with Zinnia elegans being the most popular and widespread species. Here’s a list of accepted Zinnia species:

Zinnia acerosaZinnia maritima
Zinnia americanaZinnia microglossa
Zinnia angustifoliaZinnia oligantha
Zinnia anomalaZinnia palmeri
Zinnia bicolorZinnia paucifloria
Zinnia citreaZinnia peruviana
Zinnia elegansZinnia pumila
Zinnia flavicomaZinnia purpusii
Zinnia grandifloraZinnia tenuis
Zinnia haageanaZinnia venusta
Zinnia juniperfoliaZinnia zinnioides

Flowering Season

Zinnias have a long flowering season that runs from late spring or summer until the first fall frosts. You can prolong the flowering season by deadheading wilting or spent zinnia flowers, which encourages new blooms to emerge. Although zinnias are half-hardy annuals, they cannot tolerate frost and will ultimately die off during fall and winter.

Uses & Benefits

Zinnias make fantastic cut flowers thanks to their sturdy stems. Cut zinnia flowers will last between 5 and 12 days. Zinnias will produce new blooms after cutting, allowing you to use zinnias as cut flowers right through their long flowering season.

Zinnias can survive in hot, dry conditions, making them ideal plants for gardens in arid regions. These fabulous flowers are also easy to grow and well-suited for novice gardeners. Zinnias also help gardeners because they attract pollinators such as bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

Meaning & Symbolism

Zinnias have a range of beautiful meanings, especially in the language of flowers. Zinnias can represent friendship, romantic love, desire, celebration, and reunions. In the language of flowers, zinnias convey heartfelt messages relating to thinking of absent friends.

Other Interesting Facts

Zinnias have been to space! In 2016, scientists aboard the International Space Station managed to cultivate a beautiful orange zinnia while orbiting the Earth. The flower managed to bloom despite being in a weightless environment.


1. Zinnia ‘Crystal White’

Zinnia 'Crystal White'

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Zinnia ‘Crystal White’ is a beautiful low-growing dwarf variety that grows between 8 and 12 inches tall. This fantastic cultivar is part of the renowned ‘Crystal’ Series and achieved an All-American Selection in 1997.

‘Crystal White’ is derived from Zinnia angustifolia and has pure white flowers with orange central florets. This variety is well-suited to growing in pots and is more resistant to diseases and pests such as powdery mildew.

Scientific Name:Zinnia angustifolia ‘Crystal White’
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:White

2. Zinnia ‘Orange King’

Zinnia 'Orange King'

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Zinnia ‘Orange King’ is a vibrant zinnia variety with dazzling orange pom-pom-like double-flowers. This tall cultivar has been bred from Zinnia elegans, one of the most common zinnia species. ‘Orange King’ grows between 3 and 4 feet tall and spreads approximately 1 to 2 feet wide. ‘Orange King’ has a long flowering season and is an excellent variety to use for cut flowers.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Orange King’
Flowering Season:Early summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Orange

3. Zinnia ‘Peppermint Stick’

Zinnia 'Peppermint Stick'

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Zinnia ‘Peppermint Stick’ is one of the most dramatic zinnia varieties. It’s bred from Zinnia elegans, which is native to Mexico and grows between 2 and 3 feet tall. ‘Peppermint Stick’ wows onlookers thanks to the pink, orange, or red splashes on its cream petals. Each flower has a unique combination of colors and patterns surrounding its orange central florets.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Peppermint Stick’
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:3 to 10
Colors:Cream, pink, orange, red

4. Zinnia ‘Red Spider’

Zinnia 'Red Spider'

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Zinnia tenuifolia, also known as the red spider zinnia, is a bushy, compact species with rich red flowers. The petals are more delicate and spaced out than other zinnias, hence the spider-like appearance. Zinnia ‘Red Spider’ grows between 2 and 3 feet tall and is a great variety for growing in containers. Its single flowers are very enticing to pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds.

Scientific Name:Zinnia tenuifolia
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:3 to 10
Colors:Red, orange

5. Zinnia ‘Queeny Lime Orange’

Zinnia 'Queeny Lime Orange'

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Zinnia ‘Queeny Lime Orange’ is a dazzling double-flowered zinnia variety descended from Zinnia elegans, which is native to Mexico. The dark orange pom-pom-like flowers gradually fade to a yellow or lime green color closer to the orange-pink central florets.

‘Queeny Lime Orange’ continues to produce these elegant flowers even without being deadheaded, with each bloom lasting approximately three weeks. This variety grows between 2 and 4 feet tall.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Queeny Lime Orange’
Flowering Season:Early summer until fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Green, orange, pink, yellow

6. Zinnia ‘Whirligig’

Zinnia 'Whirligig'

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Zinnia ‘Whirligig’ is one of the most colorful zinnia varieties available. This cultivar produces double or semi-double bicolored flowers from clumps of stoutly branched stems. The unique color combinations of each flower usually involve shades of green, orange, red, pink, purple, white, and yellow. Zinnia ‘Whirligig’ is derived from Zinnia elegans and grows up to 2 feet tall.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Whirligig’
Flowering Season:July to October
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:3 to 10
Colors:Green, orange, red, pink, purple, white, yellow

7. Zinnia ‘Pop Art’

Zinnia 'Pop Art'

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Zinnia ‘Pop Art’ is a colorful cultivar with beautiful splashes and streaks of red on golden yellow or white petals. Both types are descended from Zinnia elegans, which hails from parts of Central America such as Mexico. Zinnia ‘Pop Art’ is one of the best zinnia cultivars for cut flower displays due to its long-lasting flowers.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Pop Art’
Flowering Season:July to October
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Golden yellow, red, white

8. Zinnia ‘Zinderella’

Zinnia 'Zinderella'

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Zinnia ‘Zinderella’ certainly dazzles with its regal double flowers that look a little like scabious blooms. The central part of the flower is surrounded by fluffy tufts, which are ringed by petals. The ‘Zinderella’ series is one of the most popular groups of zinnia cultivars. These zinnias are available in several pastel colors, such as lilac or peach.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Zinderella’
Flowering Season:Mid-summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Lilac, orange, peach, pink, purple, red, white, yellow

9. Zinnia ‘Zowie! Yellow Flame’

Zinnia 'Zowie! Yellow Flame'

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Zinnia ‘Zowie! Yellow Flame’ is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant types of zinnia. The semi-double flowers of this cultivar have yellow tips that gradually fade into orange closer to the center. The central floret is a rich red with a crown of yellow florets. Zinnia ‘Zowie! Yellow Flame’ can last up to two weeks in a vase.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Zowie! Yellow Flame’
Flowering Season:Early summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Orange, red, yellow

10. Zinnia ‘Polar Bear’

Zinnia 'Polar Bear'

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Zinnia ‘Polar Bear’ is an elegant cultivar derived from Zinnia elegans. The pure white pom-pom-like double flowers surround a golden yellow center. Each flower can be up to 4 inches wide, creating a dramatic show of snowy flowers. Zinnia ‘Polar Bear’ is also an heirloom zinnia variety and was first cultivated as early as the 1870s.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Polar Bear’
Flowering Season:Early summer until fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:White, golden yellow

11. Zinnia ‘Sombrero’

Zinnia 'Sombrero'

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Few zinnia varieties bring as much cheer and pomp to the garden as Zinnia ‘Sombrero’. The bi-colored single flowers have bright red petals and yellow tips. The red central cones are topped with a ring of yellow florets. These bright open flowers are ideal for attracting pollinators. Zinnia ‘Sombrero’ is a compact variety that rarely exceeds 14 inches high, making it a perfect choice for containers.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Sombrero’
Flowering Season:July to October
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Golden yellow, red

12. Zinnia ‘Dream’

Zinnia 'Dream'

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Zinnia ‘Dream’ is a cultivar that’s prized for its rich lavender-colored flowers with shades of pink or purple. It was first cultivated from Zinnia elegans, which comes from Mexico and thrives in hot, sunny conditions. Zinnia ‘Dream’ has a classic zinnia flower head, with ranks of overlapping petals forming showy, single flowers.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Dream’
Flowering Season:June to October
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Pink, purple

13. Zinnia ‘Queen Lime’

Zinnia 'Queen Lime'

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Zinnia ‘Queen Lime’ packs a punch thanks to its zingy lime green double flowers. Each flower head resembles a dahlia, with a pom-pom-like structure of overlapping petals. Like other members of the ‘Queen Lime’ Series, Zinnia’ Queen Lime’ is descended from Zinnia elegans. This zinnia variety typically reaches up to 2.5 feet tall.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Queen Lime’
Flowering Season:Early summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Lime green

14. Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Fire’

Zinnia 'Double Zahara Fire'

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Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Fire’ comes with an illustrious heritage. Known as Zinnia marylandica, the Zahara Series varieties are hybrids of Zinnia angustifolia and Zinnia elegans. Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Fire’ produces blazing orange and double red flowers that grow up to 2 feet tall. One of the quirks of the Zahara Series is that they are self-cleaning, which eliminates the need for deadheading.

Scientific Name:Zinnia marylandica ‘Double Zahara Fire’
Flowering Season:Early summer until fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Orange, red

15. Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Raspberry Ripple’

Zinnia 'Double Zahara Raspberry Ripple'

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Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Raspberry Ripple’ is another member of the self-cleaning Zahara Series. This Zahara zinnia has beautiful pink double flowers with yellow florets emerging from the center. Each petal has dark pink “raspberry” stripes running through the center. This variety may also bloom as early as late spring and is resistant to disease.

Scientific Name:Zinnia marylandica ‘Double Zahara Raspberry Ripple’
Flowering Season:Late spring to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Pink, yellow

16. Zinnia ‘Zahara Single Yellow’

Zinnia 'Zahara Single Yellow'

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Although not double-flowered like many other Zahara Series cultivars, Zinnia ‘Zahara Single Yellow’ is no less dramatic. This gorgeous variety has single pale to golden yellow flowers with orange florets in the center. This cultivar is a hybrid of Zinnia elegans and Zinnia angustifolia and is designed to be disease-resistant.

Scientific Name:Zinnia marylandica ‘Zahara Single Yellow’
Flowering Season:Early summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Golden yellow

17. Zinnia ‘Zahara Sunburst’

Zinnia 'Zahara Sunburst'

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The Zahara Series of zinnia cultivars hit the horticultural scene in 2009, creating several outstanding varieties. One of the most impactful varieties is Zinnia ‘Zahara Sunburst’. This variety produces bold bi-colored single flowers with red centers and yellow tips on the petals. The central florets are golden yellow, giving this bright zinnia variety a sunny appearance.

Scientific Name:Zinnia marylandica ‘Zahara Sunburst’
Flowering Season:July to October
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Red, bright yellow

18. Zinnia ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’

Zinnia 'Zahara Starlight Rose'

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Zinnia ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’ adds true elegance to any garden or container. The beautiful white single flowers have rosy-red centers to the petals, which surround golden yellow central florets. This timeless beauty earned Zinnia ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’ an All-American Selection in 2010. This variety grows between 12 and 18 inches tall.

Scientific Name:Zinnia marylandica ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’
Flowering Season:Early summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:White, red, golden yellow

19. Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Salmon Rose’

Zinnia 'Double Zahara Salmon Rose'

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One of the most breathtaking members of the Zahara Series is Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Salmon Rose’. This gorgeous variety produces pink pom-pom-like double flowers with yellow central florets tucked within the folds. Thanks to their long flowering season and disease resistance, Zinnia ‘Double Zahara Salmon Rose’ provides plenty of interest throughout the summer.

Scientific Name:Zinnia marylandica ‘Double Zahara Salmon Rose’
Flowering Season:Early summer until fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Pink, yellow

20. Zinnia ‘Aztec Sunset’

Zinnia 'Aztec Sunset'

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The Aztec Series is cultivated from Zinnia haageana, which is native to Mexico and is often called Mexican zinnia. Zinnia ‘Aztec Sunset’ has vibrant pom-pom-like double flowers with dark red petals and bright yellow tips. This colorful variety is compact and grows between 6 to 10 inches high, and is well-suited for growing in containers.

Scientific Name:Zinnia haageana ‘Aztec Sunset’
Flowering Season:
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:3 to 10
Colors:Dark red, yellow

21. Zinnia ‘Giant Dahlia Mix’

Zinnia 'Giant Dahlia Mix'

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Zinnia ‘Giant Dahlia Mix’ is another prized Zinnia elegans cultivar, wowing onlookers with a dazzling display of colorful blooms. The semi-double flower heads resemble dahlias and come in a mix of orange, pink, red, or yellow colors. Zinnia ‘Giant Dahlia Mix’ is also a relatively tall cultivar, growing up to 3 feet tall.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Giant Dahlia Mix’
Flowering Season:July to October
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:3 to 10
Colors:Orange, pink, red, yellow

22. Zinnia ‘Swizzle Cherry and Ivory’

Zinnia 'Swizzle Cherry and Ivory'

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The Swizzle Series is an attractive range of colorful zinnias, headlined by the magnificent Zinnia ‘Swizzle Cherry and Ivory’. This cultivar produces bi-colored double flowers with cherry red petals with ivory tips. Zinnia ‘Swizzle Cherry and Ivory’ grows between 10 and 12 inches tall, and the blooms can span 3 to 4 inches, creating plenty of drama.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Swizzle Cherry and Ivory’
Flowering Season:July to October
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Red, white

23. Zinnia ‘Giant Violet Queen’

Zinnia 'Giant Violet Queen'

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Few zinnias are as regal and elegant as Zinnia ‘Giant Violet Queen’. This majestic cultivar rises to 3 feet tall, with rich purple double flowers that can be 5 or 6 inches wide. The central disc is crowned with bright yellow florets. Zinnia ‘Giant Violet Queen’ is an excellent variety for cut flowers because the blooms can last several days.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Giant Violet Queen’
Flowering Season:Mid-summer until fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Purple, yellow

24. Zinnia ‘Cactus Flowered Mix’

Zinnia 'Cactus Flowered Mix'

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Zinnia ‘Cactus Flowered Mix’ is one of the most unique types of zinnias. This is due to the colorful petals, which curl in distinctive quills. Each flower can grow between 3 and 6 inches wide and comes in several pastel shades of pink, orange, or yellow. This variety was bred from Zinnia elegans.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Cactus Flowered Mix’
Flowering Season:Early summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Peach, pink, orange, red, yellow, white

25. Zinnia ‘Soleado’

Zinnia 'Soleado'

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Another cultivar derived from Zinnia haageana, also known as Mexican zinnia, is Zinnia ‘Soleado’. This single-flowered variety has bright orange or yellow blooms with a reddish-brown ring surrounding the central golden yellow florets. Zinnia ‘Soleado’ grows in compact clumps that reach up to 16 inches tall. This zinnia species is a good choice for cut flowers due to its sturdy stems.

Scientific Name:Zinnia haageana ‘Soleado’
Flowering Season:July to October
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Orange, yellow, brown

26. Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Red’

Zinnia 'Profusion Double Red'

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One of the most popular types of zinnias, the Profusion Series consist of hybrids of Zinnia elegans and Zinnia angustifolia. These varieties, like ‘Profusion Double Red’, have increased disease resistance and are self-cleaning, so you won’t need to deadhead spent flowers. Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Red’ delights with its deep red double flowers and golden central florets.

Scientific Name:Zinnia x hybrida ‘Profusion Double Red’
Flowering Season:Late spring to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Red, yellow

27. Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon’

Zinnia 'Profusion Double Deep Salmon'

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Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon’ is an award-winning variety in the Profusion Series, securing an All-American Selection in 2013. This elegant zinnia has gorgeous salmon pink double flowers with orange centers. Like other members of the Profusion Series, this cultivar is resistant to disease and doesn’t require deadheading.

Scientific Name:Zinnia x hybrida ‘Profusion Double Deep Salmon’
Flowering Season:Late spring to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Salmon pink, orange

28. Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Yellow’

Zinnia 'Profusion Double Yellow'

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Zinnia ‘Profusion Double Yellow’ isn’t as tall as other members of the Profusion Series, growing between 8 and 14 inches tall. But this cultivar still dazzles with its bright yellow double flowers. The Profusion Series has been bred to have a more extended flowering season that begins in late spring. These zinnias are also disease-resistant and self-cleaning.

Scientific Name:Zinnia x hybrida ‘Profusion Double Yellow’
Flowering Season:Late spring to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Yellow

29. Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’

Zinnia 'Purple Prince'

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Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ is derived from Zinnia elegans, producing elegant, swaying flower heads up to 3 feet tall. Each purple or purple-pink double flower can be up to 4 inches wide and resembles that of a dahlia. Zinnia ‘Purple Prince’ has a long blooming season and can be enjoyed for several days as a cut flower.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Purple Prince’
Flowering Season:Early summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Purple, yellow

30. Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’

Zinnia 'Queen Red Lime'

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Zinnia ‘Queen Red Lime’ is perhaps the most unique member of the Queen Series. The pom-pom-like double flowers are a reddish-pink that gradually fades to lime green towards the center of the flower head. These zinnias are relatively compact and grow up to 2 feet tall, making them ideal for containers and pots.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Queen Red Lime’
Flowering Season:July to October
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Red, pink, green

31. Zinnia ‘Jazzy Mix’

Zinnia 'Jazzy Mix'

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If you’re not fussy about your zinnias being a particular color, Zinnia ‘Jazzy Mix’ creates a wonderful horticultural adventure. These bi-colored zinnias produce striking double or semi-double red flowers with contrasting tips on the petals. These tips can be cream, yellow, orange, or white. These flowers grow in compact but productive clumps reaching up to 2 feet tall.

Scientific Name:Zinnia haageana ‘Jazzy Mix’
Flowering Season:Summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Red, cream, orange, yellow, white

32. Zinnia ‘Envy’

Zinnia 'Envy'

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Zinnia ‘Envy’ is one of the most unique varieties of zinnias and is an heirloom variety bred from Zinnia elegans. Zinnia ‘Envy’ produces semi-double flowers in lime green or chartreuse (yellow-green). The petals are lobed in a slightly different shape to most other zinnias. Zinnia ‘Envy’ grows up to 3 feet tall and approximately 1 foot wide.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Envy’
Flowering Season:July to October
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Lime green, yellow, yellow-green

33. Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Salmon Rose’

Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Salmon Rose'

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Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Salmon Rose’ belongs to the beloved Benary’s Giant Series that is derived from Zinnia elegans. Towering up to 4 feet tall, this variety produces large double flowers with salmon pink petals and golden yellow centers. Each flower head can be up to 6 inches wide with long, strong stems that make excellent cut flowers.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Benary’s Giant Salmon Rose’
Flowering Season:Early summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Salmon pink, yellow

34. Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Purple’

Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Purple'

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Another popular Benary’s Giant Series member is Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Purple’. The rich purple double flowers grow up to 6 inches wide, swaying on stems that can reach 4 feet tall. The Benary’s Giant Series has been developed with excellent disease resistance and extremely productive flowering in mind. Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Purple’ also yields long-lasting blooms ideal for displaying in a vase.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Benary’s Giant Purple’
Flowering Season:Early summer until fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Purple, yellow

35. Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’

Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Lime'

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If you want a tall zinnia variety with plenty of zing, Zinnia ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’ is for you. As with other cultivars in the Benary’s Giant Series, this variety can tower up to 4 feet tall. Each stem produces large lime green double flowers up to 6 inches wide.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’
Flowering Season:Early summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Lime green, orange

36. Zinnia ‘Cherry Queen’

Zinnia 'Cherry Queen'

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For bold, vibrant color, look no further than Zinnia elegans ‘Cherry Queen’. The rich red double flowers stand out a mile away on sturdy stems reaching up to 4 feet tall. The center of each flower sports golden yellow florets for a striking contrast. Clumps of Zinnia ‘Cherry Queen’ can also spread up to 2 feet wide.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Cherry Queen’
Flowering Season:Early summer until fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Red, golden yellow

37. Zinnia ‘Illumination’

Zinnia 'Illumination'

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It’s not hard to see why this dazzling zinnia earns the name ‘Illumination’. Zinnia ‘Illumination’ produces bright pink double flowers that bloom from early summer until the first frost of fall. Each flower has golden yellow central florets. This modestly-sized variety grows up to 3 feet tall and 1.5 feet wide.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Illumination’
Flowering Season:Early summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Bright pink, yellow

38. Zinnia ‘Early Wonder Mix’

Zinnia 'Early Wonder Mix'

About:

Deciding which types of zinnias to grow can be almost impossible. Zinnia ‘Early Wonder Mix’ solves that problem by producing a random mix of single or semi-double flowers. These beautiful blooms come in a range of pastel shades. Zinnia ‘Early Wonder Mix’ produces stems that reach up to 2.5 feet tall.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Early Wonder Mix’
Flowering Season:July to October
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Cream, orange, pink, red, yellow

39. Zinnia ‘Scarlet Flame’

Zinnia 'Scarlet Flame'

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The glorious fiery flowers of Zinnia elegans ‘Scarlet Flame’ are indeed a sight to behold. Deep red double or semi-double flowers with yellow central florets perch atop stems reaching up to 3 feet tall. Each flower head can be as wide as 5 inches and last for several days as a cut flower.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Scarlet Flame’
Flowering Season:Early summer into fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Red, yellow

40. Zinnia ‘Oklahoma’

Zinnia 'Oklahoma'

About:

The Zinnia ‘Oklahoma’ Series is one of the best cultivars to use for cut flowers. This variety produces bushy clumps of sturdy flowers that grow up to 2.5 feet tall. Colors include cream, pink, orange, red, white, and yellow, and the flowers can be either double or semi-double. Members of the ‘Oklahoma’ Series are descended from Zinnia elegans.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Oklahoma’
Flowering Season:Late summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Cream, orange, pink, red, white, yellow

41. Zinnia ‘Magellan Yellow’

Zinnia 'Magellan Yellow'

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Zinnia ‘Magellan Yellow’ is part of the successful Magellan Series. These types of zinnias are bred to flower early and profusely from early summer until fall. Zinnia ‘Magellan Yellow’ delights with its large double bright yellow flowers that can reach 6 inches wide. The stems reach a modest 2 feet tall and perform brilliantly as cut flowers.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Magellan Yellow’
Flowering Season:Early summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Golden yellow

42. Zinnia ‘Magellan Orange’

Zinnia 'Magellan Orange'

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Another beautiful variety in the Magellan Series is Zinnia ‘Magellan Orange’. The gorgeous orange double flowers are carried on stout, compact stems reaching up to 1 foot high. Zinnias in the Magellan Series are descended from Zinnia elegans but are bred to flower from early summer until fall.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Magellan Orange’
Flowering Season:Early summer until fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Orange

43. Zinnia ‘Magellan Scarlet’

Zinnia 'Magellan Scarlet'

About:

Zinnia ‘Magellan Scarlet’ produces wonderfully rich red double pom-pom-like flowers on top of sturdy stems. Each plant grows between 1 and 1.5 feet high and spreads in a clump reaching about 1 foot wide. Like other members of the Magellan Series, Zinnia ‘Magellan Scarlet’ can flower from seed in approximately eight weeks.

Scientific Name:Zinnia elegans ‘Magellan Scarlet’
Flowering Season:Early summer to fall
Exposure:Full sun
Hardiness Zones:2 to 11
Colors:Red

Zinnia Flower FAQs:

How long do zinnia flowers last?

Zinnia flowers can bloom from late spring or early summer through until the first fall frosts. Zinnias typically last between 5 and 12 days when used as cut flowers.

Where is the best place to plant zinnias?

The best place to plant zinnias is a site that gets full sun and provides well-draining soil. Zinnias naturally grow in hot, dry areas with nutrient-poor soils.

Are zinnias perennials or annuals?

Zinnias are annuals, which means that each plant only lasts a single year. Zinnias will die back completely after the first frosts arrive in the fall.

What do zinnia flowers symbolize?

Zinnia flowers symbolize friendship and romantic love. In the language of flowers, zinnias are associated with thinking of absent friends.

Can zinnias grow in pots?

Zinnias grow very well in containers and make an excellent display for small gardens. Dwarf varieties are exceptionally well-suited for pots.

How tall do zinnias get?

Most zinnias can reach 1 to 4 feet tall, although dwarf varieties will only grow between 4 and 12 inches tall.


Wrapping Up

With so many types of zinnias available, it’s never been easier to grow these beautiful flowers. Recognized species such as Zinnia elegans and Zinnia angustifolia have produced an enormous range of cultivars. Zinnias come in single, double, or semi-double varieties in several wonderfully colored or bi-colored cultivars. Zinnias can grow between 1 and 4 feet tall, and most varieties grow well in pots.


Author

Edd is a budding content writer and gardener living in the United Kingdom. He has a bachelor's degree in Creative and Professional Writing and has written for several gardening publications online. He is passionate about nature and sustainability with a focus on gardening and wildlife.

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