All About the Zinnia Flower
Zinnias are more common than one may think. There are many different varieties, and they come in a wide variety of different colors, making them perfect for gardens and flower beds, but also for bouquets and flower arrangements. They are tall plants, so they are ideal for the backs of your flower beds, creating a beautiful backdrop for the rest of your garden. The bright colors attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and in addition to all of this, they are very easy to grow. While many may say they do not know what a zinnia is, most people have seen them and enjoyed them inside or outside.
Description of the Zinnia Flower
Zinnia is actually the name of a genus that holds about 20 different species; some are annuals and some are perennials. It grows as a wild flower across the plains and grasslands of the southwestern region of the United States, and in South America as well. However, they are easy to spot in gardens and beds all over North America. Zinnia plants are tall, solid stalks with twin leaves and a bloom at the top. The flower is generally round; some have very tiny petals, while others have longer petals that are reminiscent of the daisy. Zinnia can be found in red, purple, yellow, white, and even pale green. Some flowers combine colors, like orange and yellow or pink and white. Seeds often come in retail packs that contain a random combination of colors and species, so you do not know what are going to get until they bloom. You are, however, guaranteed a beautiful array of colors and textures that will brighten your yard and your home.
Uses for the Zinnia Flower
How you use zinnias is determined by where you want to see the most color. Left alone, they will brighten your yard or garden, flashing vivid colors and waving gently in the breeze. They are excellent cut flowers, as well, because of their long, sturdy stems, and they last a long time in centerpieces and flower arrangements. Because they are so easy to grow and they thrive well under a variety of conditions, zinnias are a favorite among professional and novice growers. In arrangements, zinnias offer more than just color variety; they offer variety in size, form, and texture as well.
Growing the Zinnia Flower
Zinnias are easy to grow. They are a kind of wild flower, and wild flowers grow and thrive easily in moderate temperatures. They are generally bought in seed form, and should be planted in rich, fertile soil that provides good drainage. Zinnias will not grow well in clay soils or in soils that stay wet for long periods of time. It is important to protect young seedlings from chipmunks and birds until they are big enough not to look like food to these little creatures. Zinnia plants should be spaced out enough so that they will have room to grow and flourish, but planting several zinnias in a relatively close proximity of one another will make a beautiful showing.