Zinnia 'Thumbelina'

Zinnia elegans

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

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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


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

Longmont, Colorado

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Geneseo, Illinois

Olathe, Kansas

Crofton, Maryland

Madison, Mississippi

Saint Louis, Missouri

Troy, New York

Cincinnati, Ohio

Bulverde, Texas

Tyler, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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,... read more


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.


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".