Zinnia
Zinnia elegans 'Peppermint Stick Mixed'

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

Category:

Annuals

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pale Pink

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Red

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Coral/Apricot

Orange

Red-Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Flowers are good for cutting

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:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Regional

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

Fresno, California

Denver, Colorado

Longmont, Colorado

Sherman, Connecticut

Atlanta, Georgia

Edwardsville, Illinois

Dubuque, Iowa

Hebron, Kentucky

Hammond, Louisiana

Elephant Butte, New Mexico

North Augusta, South Carolina

Bulverde, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Madison, Wisconsin

Menasha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

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

The flowers are quite variable and some even appear that have two solid halves! The plants are short,2 ft. They are not as prone to mildew as some. The flowers are longer lasting than most.

Positive

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

From your friends at Botanical Interests: When these Zinnias started blooming in our test garden for the first time, our neighbors said, 'WOW'! Peppermint Stick Zinnias have 3"-5" striped and blotched flowers in scarlet, carmine, vermillion, orange, rosy-purple on cream, and dark yellow. No two flowers are exactly the same. The long-lasting blooms are great for dried or cut flowers. (When growing from seed, Zinnias should be started outdoors in late spring, 2 weeks after the average last frost.) 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.

Neutral

On Jun 9, 2007, 22cold from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I would love to give this zinnia a positive review because the blooms are very pretty. However, when sprouting them from seed indoors, they are very susceptible to damping off disease.

Positive

On Jan 16, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have never been big on Zinnias; perennials or self-seeding annuals are more my style. These looked so interesting though, that I had to try them. There are so many combinations, and each flower has its own personality.