There are about 20 Zinnia species, but only Z. elegans is used as a cut flower. The flowers vary from a single row of petals to a dome shape, and are brightly coloured with white, yellow, orange, red, purple, and lilac commonly found. They make fantastic garden plants, and thrive in hot conditions, providing they get sufficient water.
Zinnias are grown as a field crop. Most are grown in Victoria, NSW and QLD.
Language: ‘thoughts of absent friends’
What to look for
- Flowers which are fully open with tight, dark centres.
- Leaves that are fresh and green;
- Avoid flowers with yellow centres full of pollen as these are old.
- Keep cool at all times.
- Strip leaves from the lower half of each stem and wash stem ends.
- Recut 2 cm off each stem with sharp secateurs and place in cold water immediately.
- Preservative is needed – it will help flowers to last.
- Replace water every day.
Interesting Facts about this Flower
The Spaniards called it the Zinnia mal de ojos, because the flowers were considered ‘ugly to the eye’.
Botanical Name: Zinnia elegans
Common Names: 30 to 50 cm
Stem Length: 30
Country of Origin: Mexico
Available Colours: Pink, Red, Yellow
Season: Summer, Autumn
Availability: January, February, March, April