Your neighbors will be “green” with envy when they see this truly unusual flower in your garden. Use the 3″–4″ wide, edible blooms to decorate platters of homegrown tomatoes or watermelon! Heat-loving plants supply endless beauty and interest to your flowerbeds, containers and borders. Each individual flower lasts a very long time on the plant, and in the vase. 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.)
Botanical Name: Zinnia elegans
Hardiness: Frost-sensitive annual
Plant Dimensions: 24″–30″ tall, about 12″ wide
Variety Information: 3″–4″ chartreuse flowers
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Good for Containers, Heat Tolerant
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 sown early; wait for warmer weather
Days to Emerge: 3–10 days
Seed Depth: ¼”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest before small yellow flowers emerge between petals.