Zinnia 'Envy'

Zinnia elegans

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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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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

Madison, Mississippi

Belton, Missouri

Wilmington, North Carolina

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Radford, Virginia

Thiensville, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 3, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

'Queen Lime' zinnias (AKA 'Queen Lime Green') are an improvement over 'Envy'. More vivid color, stronger stems, and more disease-resistant than 'Envy'.


On May 4, 2015, RrrrrGrrrr from Atlanta, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I grew this zinnia last year in a couple of large urns outside my front door in mostly full sun. It bloomed like crazy, the color was beautiful and the butterflies came in droves!! I will definitely plant Envy again..


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!


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.


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

chartreuse color. 2-3" flowers.


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.


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.


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!


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.