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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
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)
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.
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.
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 Benbrook, Texas Bulverde, Texas Houston, Texas Madison, Wisconsin Menasha, Wisconsin