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Zinnia angustifolia is often confused with:
Zinnia elegans Zinnia elegans
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Zinnia elegans Zinnia elegans
Antirrhinum majus Antirrhinum majus
Salvia splendens Salvia splendens

Narrow-leaf Zinnia Zinnia angustifolia

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
ZIN-ee-ah an-gus-tih-FOH-lee-ah
Description

Zinnia angustifolia, commonly called narrow-leaf zinnia or Mexican zinnia, is a compact bushy annual that typically grow 8-16” tall on hairy, branching stems. It features a profuse summer to frost bloom of single, daisy-like, bright orange flowers. Cultivars extend the available flower colors to include red, orange, yellow, pink, white and bicolors. High drought tolerance. This plant is seldom damaged by deer.  Cultivars of interest include:  Cascade Beauties Series (white and yellow to 10" tall), Crystal Series (compact to 10" tall) and
Star Series (star-shaped flowers to 14" tall).

Quick ID

  • Imbricated, obtuse involucral bracts
  • Opposite, sessile, narrow linear-lanceolate leaves
  • Leaves typically 1-veined
  • Heads small, single row white-yellow ray flowers
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Golden'
  • 'Golden Orange'
  • 'Pette Land White'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#white#sun#yellow#partial shade#annual#summer#orange#fall interest#cpp#deer resistant#spring interest#pollinator plant#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Golden'
  • 'Golden Orange'
  • 'Pette Land White'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#white#sun#yellow#partial shade#annual#summer#orange#fall interest#cpp#deer resistant#spring interest#pollinator plant#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Zinnia
    Species:
    angustifolia
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Northern and western Mexico
    Distribution:
    South and Central America, the West Indies, the United States, Australia, and Italy
    Play Value:
    Attractive Flowers
    Attracts Pollinators
    Colorful
    Easy to Grow
    Wildlife Food Source
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Drought, Dry Soil, Black Walnut. Excellent disease resistance to fungal diseases such as powdery mildew and leaf spots.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Dense
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Wheel
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Inflorescence is a head on terminal elongated peduncles; heads small, to 1" in diameter; involucral bracts imbricated, broadly obtuse. Flowers are typically single, of limited color; ray flowers in one series, showy, conspicuous, to 6" long, white or yellow, reflexed with age; disc flowers yellow, prominent.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are opposite, sessile, subclasping, linear to linear-lanceolate, entire, acute, base trucate to weakly subcordate; leaves to 1" wide with 1 midrib vein.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Hanging Baskets
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Diseases
    Drought
    Dry Soil