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Zinnia elegans 'California Giant Mix'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zinnia (ZIN-ya) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)
Cultivar: California Giant Mix
Additional cultivar information: (aka Giant California Mix)

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
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
Flowers are good for drying and preserving
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:

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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5 positives
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Desirai On Jul 11, 2012, Desirai from Glencoe, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

We grow these and other varieties every year in and around our home. Love them!

Positive Stephivicious On Nov 6, 2008, Stephivicious from Altamonte Springs, FL wrote:

Beautiful Colors, easy to care for, this is also known as "Burpeeana Giants Mix" from Burpee seeds, or Just "Giant Flowered Mix" excluding the "California"

Positive CurtisJones On Oct 14, 2008, CurtisJones from Longmont, CO wrote:

From your friends at Botanical Interests: These large heirloom zinnias come in a cheerful, almost limitless range of colors including white, pink, salmon, rose, red, yellow, orange, lavender, and purple. The 4"-6" flowers on 2'-3' tall plants bloom continuously until the first fall frost. They make excellent cut and dried flowers, and attract butterflies. (To deter powdery mildew, water by soaking the ground (not from overhead) to keep leaves dry and make sure that sprinklers do not hit them overnight or in the early morning.)

Positive Goodgoods On Jul 20, 2007, Goodgoods from Rogersville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

So easy to grow! Lots and lots of colorful blooms. Great for cutting. My neighbors stopped by to ask me what I was growing so beautifully. They weren't familiar with zinnias- guess it's a Northern favorite.

Positive francischettan On Jan 11, 2005, francischettan from Bethesda, MD wrote:

Blooms repeatedly and profusely with almost no care except regular watering. Both my house and my two sisters' houses were filled with zinnias the entire summer. Make sure you water them in the mornings and that you don't spray the leaves with water. (It gets some kind of mold.)


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

Dothan, Alabama
Gadsden, Alabama
Bakersfield, California
Daly City, California
Fresno, California
Long Beach, California
Longmont, Colorado
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Suwanee, Georgia
Olathe, Kansas
Bethesda, Maryland
Amesbury, Massachusetts
Battle Creek, Michigan
Waynesboro, Mississippi
Kansas City, Missouri
Clinton, Montana
Denville, New Jersey
Livingston, New Jersey
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Blanco, Texas
Bulverde, Texas
Katy, Texas
Mcallen, Texas
Monroe, Utah
Alexandria, Virginia

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