Peruvian zinnias are cute as can be, and their simple, open, single flowers make excellent landing pads for all manner of pollinators. With origins in Arizona, Mexico, Central, and South America, they are adapted to hot, dry conditions. Peruvian zinnias were popularized in the 1800s, providing gardeners with carefree color for several months. Compact plants look great in containers or planted en masse, and their drought tolerance makes them appropriate for dry gardens. Long stems are excellent for all types of fresh or dried cut floral creations. Deer resistant.
Botanical Name: Zinnia peruviana
Native: Arizona, Mexico, Central and South America
Plant Dimensions: 24″–36'' tall and 24″–28″ wide
Variety Information: 1''–2'' red or yellow single blooms
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Hummingbirds, Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, 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: 1/4″
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8″–12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 8″–12″
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning, choosing blooms where the small, yellow flowers between petals have not yet emerged. Change vase water often.