Advanced Search Filters

Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
Sunset Zone
Function
Sun Exposure
Soil Moisture
Water Requirement

ZINNIA elegans (DREAMLAND SERIES)

Image of Zinnia elegans (DREAMLAND SERIES)

James H. Schutte

Family

Asteraceae

Botanical Name

ZINNIA elegans( DREAMLAND SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Elegant Zinnia, Tall Garden Zinnia

General Description

The super compact zinnias the Dreamland Series are produce loads of large flowers through summer. These reliable high performers tolerate harsh weather conditions and become covered with blooms only eight weeks after sowing. Because their stems are short, they are grown strictly as bedding annuals rather than cut flowers.

Dreamland zinnias have large, uniform, fully double blooms that are round and have flattened petals. Blooming normally begins in early summer and will continue to frost if the flowers are regularly deadheaded (pinched off when spent). The flowers are very desirable to butterflies and bees and single blooms remain attractive for several days. Once pollinated, the flowers turn brown and release brown, flattened seeds that will germinate on their own if allowed to fall to the ground.

Well-suited for both formal and informal garden plantings, tall zinnias grow best in average, well-drained soil and full sun. Warm weather is a must for zinnias. Their seeds germinate readily in warm garden soil, so they are easily planted outdoors. When the summer temperatures heat up these Mexican natives thrive, especially if provided regular water. As the summer wanes, zinnias often develop the foliar fungal disease, powdery mildew. These butterfly magnets will add explosive color to any hot, sunny border or container.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    10"-12" / 25.4cm - 30.5cm

  • Width

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall, Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Purple, Pink, Coral, Peach, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes