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Shortray Zinnia Zinnia anomala

Phonetic Spelling
ZIN-ya ah-NOM-uh-luh
Description

Zinnia anomala is a native to western Texas and northern Mexico.  It is in the sunflower family.  It grows as a herbaceous perennial or as an annual.  It is considered a sub shrub, a low-growing woody perennial having a woody base.  Growing only 8 inches (ca. 20 cm) tall, this plant produces only one flower head per branch, each head containing about 20 red disc florets.  It can have no ray flowers or with 5 to 8 rays.  

It can be found growing along open, rocky roadsides and other disturbed sites. 

It is also a photoautotroph, an organism that is capable of transforming light into chemical energy.

This variety of zinnia is not one that is readily available for purchase for your garden.  However, if you are able to secure this plant, it is a hardy specimen, accustomed to flourishing in the most adverse conditions.  

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  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Zinnia
    Species:
    anomala
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Texas, Mexico
    Distribution:
    TX
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts pollinators
    Play Value:
    Attracts Pollinators
    Textural
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herb
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Native Plant
    Perennial
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Sand
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 9b, 9a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    7 - 20 petals/rays
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Shape:
    Linear
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Just over 1" in length, the leaves are very narrow. Leaves have from 1 to 3 nerves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Description:
    Multi stemmed
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Naturalized Area
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Native Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting