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Flower Spotlight: Zinnia

The zinnia is an annual found more often in the garden than in a flower shop. They resemble a cross between a daisy and a dahlia and come in brilliant hues. Hardy and drought resistant, they are an enduring flower with great beauty.

Origin and Symbolism

Zinnias originated in Mexico and the Americas. They were discovered and taken to Europe by Johann Gottfried Zinn in the 1700’s. This is also who zinnias are named for. Zinnias are well known for their endurance, and this is one of the many meanings for zinnias. They also symbolize thoughts of friends.

Here are some of the meanings by colors:

Mixed color- Thinking of an absent friend

Magenta- Lasting affection

Scarlet- Constancy

White- Goodness

Yellow- Daily remembrance

Fun Facts

Have pets and want some pretty flowers? Zinnias make a great choice because they are non-toxic to dogs, cats, and horses!

These old-fashioned flowers are starting to make their way into weddings as brides seek untamed and garden style bouquets at their weddings.

Zinnias can have single, semi-double, or double rows of petals.

Zinnias were nicknamed “mal de ojos” by Spanish explorers, which means sickness of the eye.

Availability

The growing season for zinnias lasts from spring until the first frost. They can generally be found year-round at your local florist but will be at their best during this time.


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