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PlantFiles: Zinnia
Zinnia elegans 'Scarlet Flame'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zinnia (ZIN-ya) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)
Cultivar: Scarlet Flame

10 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive KJMurray On Nov 14, 2009, KJMurray from Fort Worth, TX wrote:

Two small seedlings transplanted in spring transformed into a 3 foot high, 6 foot diameter bush with dozens of flowers blooming at any given time by fall. They not only survived the hot dry Texas summer, but thrived even without additional watering.

Plants stayed in bloom from early summer to early winter, only frost removed the giant red dome of red in the middle of my yard. They also freely self-sowed in the same bed and across the yard.

Positive bigcityal On Oct 5, 2007, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I really liked this zinnia. The color was a bright red and the flowers were all the same.

Neutral saya On Jul 20, 2006, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Radiant ruby-red blossoms of densely double flowers with tiny gold starred crowns. Vigorous plants produce abundant flowers even in tough summer conditions.


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

Gaylesville, Alabama
Fort Worth, Texas
Princeton, Texas
Weatherford, Texas
Menasha, Wisconsin

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