'Benary's Giant' blooms are truly giant at up to 6″, and come in a rainbow of eye-pleasing colors for an impressive backdrop in your garden. Blooms are densely petaled, very long-lasting, and hold up well despite rain and summer's heat. Flower beds come alive as butterflies and other pollinators come to visit these vibrant flowers. Zinnias are edible, but have little flavor. The colorful flowers can make a pretty garnish to salads, desserts, cold drinks, or serving trays. (The flower's central disk, while edible, can be bitter.) The Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers named 'Benary's Giant' series their very first Cut Flower of the Year in 1999.
Botanical Name: Zinnia elegans
Plant Dimensions: 3'–4' tall
Variety Information: Flowers up to 6″ across include white, shades of red, orange, purple, pink, salmon and yellow.
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Cut Flower
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.
When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Transplant outdoors after last frost. Zinnias do not benefit from being planted early; wait for warmer weather.
Days to Emerge: 3–10 Days
Seed Depth: ¼”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 10″ – 12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 10″ – 12″