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PlantFiles: Zinnia
Zinnia elegans 'Benary's Giant Mix'

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zinnia (ZIN-ya) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)
Cultivar: Benary's Giant Mix

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 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:
Late Summer/Early Fall
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

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 seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive tabasco On Aug 9, 2007, tabasco from Cincinnati (Anderson Twp), OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is the first summer I have grown zinnias from seed. It was easy to do and now I have some much needed late summer color in the garden. So far the Benary's Giants have resisted mildew for us so that is a big plus for this strain of seeds. I liked the mix of colors, but next time I will purchase separate colors and make my own mix.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 5, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Large-flowered strain from one of the oldest German seed companies, Ernst Benary, founded in Erfurt in 1843. Blooms are fully double, 4-5" across, a wide range of colors. Extra long stems are excellent for cutting and arranging. Annual, 3-4 ft tall.

Positive blackbunny On Jun 6, 2006, blackbunny from Provincetown, MA wrote:

This is the best zinnia I have grown here on Cape Cod. It's vigorous (no or little mildew) and gorgeous (great colors and double flowers). Butterflies relish it. The only zinnia I will grow here. Best from seed, if you can find it.


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

Ladoga, Indiana
Provincetown, Massachusetts
Albertville, Minnesota
Beatrice, Nebraska
Cincinnati, Ohio
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Lumberton, Texas

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