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PlantFiles: Zinnia
Zinnia elegans 'Zowie Yellow Flame'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zinnia (ZIN-ya) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)
Cultivar: Zowie Yellow Flame
Registered or introduced: 2005

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

11 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Sherilou On May 9, 2012, Sherilou from Panhandle Gulf Coast, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I purchased my Zowie Zinnia seeds from Fedco Seeds. They grew into really big, gorgeous, healthy plants, full of beautiful blooms. This plant grew very well in nutrient-poor, sandy soil. It was heat and drought tolerant as well. One seed will grow a huge plant that is 35 inches tall and 25 inches wide.

Positive flowerfarmerscott On Aug 29, 2011, flowerfarmerscott from Wyldwood, TX wrote:

This is one of the very rare flowers that looks better than the pictures. I grow flowers for cutting and the stems are much shorter than those of the Benary's Giant and Giant Dahlia Flowered zinnias but they are really nice, compact plants that should be swell for the home gardener's beds and little cut bunches.

Positive SusanLouise On Aug 18, 2009, SusanLouise from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

I don't think I can sing enough praise about this plant. We've had over 30 varieties of butterflies in our garden this year. All but a very few nectared on these beautiful blooms! They also topped at over 3' tall and as the blooms turned to seed, the Goldfinches were all over them. I will go so far as to say that this is in the top 5 plants for our butterfly and hummingbird gardens. I will plant them year after year!

Positive mjsponies On Jul 27, 2009, mjsponies from DeLand/Deleon Springs, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

This has been a real trooper in our Florida heat and humidity this year. The Butterflies and Hummers love it !

Positive Marilynbeth On Aug 5, 2007, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

I love Zowie! Gorgeous! Have to make sure I get it and have lots of it planted in my yard every year. Butterflies love it and today, I noticed today that it attracted a Hummer to it!

My favorite Zinnia to grow!

Positive sarv48 On Feb 3, 2007, sarv48 from south of Grand Rapids, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Bloomed all summer. Blooms lasted a long time on the plant. Definately a keeper for me!! Collected seed, so we'll see if it comes true...sure hope so!

Neutral bigcityal On Aug 29, 2006, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I did not find the flowers to come out looking properly consistently. They also lose appeal as they age and become 'looser'. I have seen others ones looking nice at other places - so maybe I'll try again.

Neutral DrDoolotz On Jun 29, 2006, DrDoolotz from Oxford, NS (Zone 5b) wrote:

2006 AAS winner. Has a bi-color pattern with scarlet center and yellow petal edges. Easy to grow from seed. A study from the University of Maryland found that this zinnia lasts up to 2 weeks as a cut flower. It is a semi-double bloom.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Richmond, California
San Leandro, California
Deland, Florida
Panama City, Florida
Divernon, Illinois
Rock Falls, Illinois
Urbandale, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Caledonia, Michigan
Saucier, Mississippi
Lincoln, Nebraska
North Ridgeville, Ohio
North Augusta, South Carolina
San Antonio, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Menasha, Wisconsin

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