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PlantFiles: Yellow Creeping Zinnia
Sanvitalia ocymoides

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Sanvitalia (san-vi-TAY-lee-uh) (Info)
Species: ocymoides (ok-kye-MOY-deez) (Info)


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral htop On Mar 10, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. Also known as yellow creeping sanvitalia, Sanvitalia ocymides is a spreading zinnia-like plant that has small blooms. It does best in full sun and warm temperatures and is an excellent plant to use in dry exposed areas. It does not prosper well if transplanted. Seeds should be started in peat pots. In the landscape, it is useful as an edging, ground cover, hanging basket, planter and/or rock garden plant.

Neutral frostweed On Oct 5, 2006, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Yellow Creeping, Zinnia Sanvitalia, is Endemic to Texas.


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

Cincinnati, Ohio
Richboro, Pennsylvania
Harlingen, Texas
San Antonio, Texas

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