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PlantFiles: Zinnia
Zinnia elegans 'Envy'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zinnia (ZIN-ya) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)
Cultivar: Envy
Additional cultivar information: (aka Envy Double, Green Envy)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DMgardener On Sep 21, 2009, DMgardener from (Daniel) Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

The plant is reletivly late blooming. It is bushy at first, then "opening up". The green is by far one of the best greens ever. The flowers age a little faster than others. However, I very satisfied, will grow again!

Positive BajaBlue On Jun 5, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

The unusual chartreuse color of this semi-double zinnia sets off the brighter shades of summer bouquets and belongs in all "flower arrangers" gardens. Top quality seed is bred for form and color.

Positive LiliMerci On Jan 5, 2009, LiliMerci from North of Atlanta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

chartreuse color. 2-3" flowers.

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

From your Friends at Botanical Interests: These 2' - 3' tall zinnias have 3" - 4" uniquely colored flowers. Some people call them green, but they are really an unusual bright yellowish-green (chartreuse) shade that looks incredible when nestled with contrasting pink or magenta flowers. They make a great conversation piece and are a great hostess touch when used to decorate platters of home-grown tomatoes or watermelon. Excellent in large pots, containers, or mass plantings. They also make excellent cut or 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 Jisofs On Oct 1, 2007, Jisofs from Belton, MO wrote:

Zinneas need to be spaced relatively far from each other, or else they will grow as tall as five feet! i made that mistake this year and they grew just that tall, and then one got powdery mildew, and the next thing i knew it became a towering forest of dead foliage. but they are still blooming.

Positive LeBug On Sep 22, 2007, LeBug from Greenville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew these for the first time this year and really liked the large double flowers and the got about 3' tall and the chartreuse color went really well with the darker colors that I had in my garden, I don't understand why the flowers in the pictures are single and mine are double though, huge flowers!

Neutral hedgwytch On Jul 29, 2006, hedgwytch from Tulsa, OK wrote:

This was a late bloomer compared to my other varieties of zinnias. The color was a washed out chartreuse, not as green as I had hoped. When it first bloomed, I had to watch it for a few days to determine if it was an off-color creamy-yellow, or Envy. Since I had only planted pink, purple, and green, it had to be the green. The plant looks good, and is healthy, just not that green. I will go for the Lime Zinnia next time...the color seems to be much better.


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

Gaylesville, Alabama
Henagar, Alabama
Mobile, Alabama
Delmar, Delaware
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Barbourville, Kentucky
Monroe, Louisiana
Belton, Missouri
Wilmington, North Carolina
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Radford, Virginia
Thiensville, Wisconsin

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