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PlantFiles: Zinnia
Zinnia elegans 'Thumbelina'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid 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

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 unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Old_Folks On Jun 11, 2011, Old_Folks from Tyler, TX wrote:

Butterflies love these Zinnias, but they are not Dwarf here. In full TX sun we have plants that are now 3' tall (I kid you not) and they continue to grow. They have hours & hours of full sun and plenty of water. The butterflies love them. Planted with Marigolds (tagetes patula) and it's a butterfly garden and beautiful as well. Water the ground, not the plants and leave some breathing room between them and they do excellent. Seeds from Botanical Interests.

Positive Wendrith On Jul 28, 2009, Wendrith from Saint Louis, MO wrote:

Flowers were easy to grow but required constant vigilance. Either aphids or lace bugs attacked the plants early in the season (we used insecticidal soap once but the soap caused some leaves to scorch). We pinched back the damaged leaves. Then catapillars damaged the leaves (the small green catapillar could be seen in between the leaf surface). We cut the damaged part of leaves and threw in the trash. Japanese beetles arrived on the scene next and we controlled by tapping them into soapy water. I wasn't sure it was worth all the effort until the flowers started blooming profusely in July. The height was closer to 18--24" than 6-8". There are a wide variety of flowers -- single & double flowering as well as colors -- orange, apricot, salmon, red/orange with pink centers, white, pink, lavender, and yellow. Bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers as well as yellow finches. Absolutely delightful!

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

From your friends at Botanical Interests, inc.: These charming extra dwarf 4"-6" tall zinnias with 1.5" flowers will delight everyone who sees them. Colors include white, pink, salmon, rose, red, yellow, orange, lavender, and purple. Each individual flowers lasts A LONG TIME before needing to be clipped off. Great in pots, containers, or border plantings, they 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 greenkat On Oct 27, 2006, greenkat from Crofton, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very easy to grow from seed. Does well in sunny location with moderate water. Somewhat susceptible to powdery mildew in humid cilmates. A good cutting flower.

The seed packet said they would only grow 6" high! Must be a mistake. Height is about 18".


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

Longmont, Colorado
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Olathe, Kansas
Crofton, Maryland
Saint Louis, Missouri
Troy, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Bulverde, Texas
Tyler, Texas

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