Zinnia 'Profusion Orange'


Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Zinnia (ZIN-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Profusion Orange
Additional cultivar information:(Profusion series; AAS winner)



Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


Not Applicable

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual



Bloom Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Jonesboro, Arkansas

Irvine, California

San Diego, California

San Jose, California

Altamonte Springs, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Dacula, Georgia

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Royston, Georgia

Chillicothe, Illinois

Itasca, Illinois

Seymour, Indiana

Hebron, Kentucky

Mandeville, Louisiana

Springfield, Massachusetts

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Saint Clair Shores, Michigan

Kearney, Nebraska

Brooklyn, New York

Belfield, North Dakota

Rushville, Ohio

Arlington, Texas

Deer Park, Texas(2 reports)

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Mc Kinney, Texas

Nome, Texas

Princeton, Texas

Red Oak, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Sugar Land, Texas

Provo, Utah

Appleton, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 24, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

These bushy dwarf plants (12-15" tall and wide) are great performers. Mildew resistant, drought and heat tolerant.

Profusion Orange seeds will come true, because all of the commercially available Profusion seeds are open pollinated varieties.

They were created from selected hybrid crosses between Z. violacea and Z. angustifolia. Those hybrids had 23 chromosomes, and hybrids with an odd-numbered chromosome count are usually sterile. That problem was solved by doubling the number of chromosomes to 46, by using colchicine.

The result is a true-breeding open pollinated new species of zinnia, named Z. marylandica in honor of the University of Maryland, where much of the preliminary breeding work was done. The term "hybrid" is applied to the Profusi... read more


On May 11, 2012, uviolet from St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I absolutely adore the Profusion Orange zinnias - they looked fantastic, attracted bumble bees and butterflies, grew extremely well with no powdery mildew and even here in Michigan were blooming after Halloween.

The only real downsides were bug related. Asiatic Garden Beetles were going after all of these like mad. I was picking off/crushing 10+ beetles on each (still tiny) plant nightly during the peak of their season. Before I realized the problem, I was pretty sure I was going to lose all of the zinnias and a couple which were reduced to a single stem in just a few nights. After the "swarming" was over, however, every single one lived and grew significantly, even the one that I'd stuck in a mostly shady spot.

Unfortunately, they've been hard to find here t... read more


On Nov 28, 2010, rntx22 from Puyallup, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is one of the best zinnias I have ever grown. It's still blooming profusely here & it's almost December!! Blooms last a long time. It attracts butterflys and so far it is the first zinnia I've grown that did not get powdery mildew. Did fine over the very hot dry summer in Houston, but also can tolerate a good soaking when we get a lot of rain. I have been scattering the seeds around my garden all year so I've been welcomed with a continuous supply of new plants all year! Super easy to start from seed, and there is plenty of it to share.


On Nov 6, 2008, Stephivicious from Altamonte Springs, FL wrote:

I love this plant, I bought it for 99 cents at lowe's because of the beautiful bright orange color & tons of flowers & it is now the size of a small shrub, still flowering in early November, II have tons of seeds so if it does die over the winter I can replant it next spring.

If anyone wants seed's from this plant, let me know, I have tons to spare!


On Oct 26, 2007, ga_peach from Jefferson, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought this plant because I thought it looked pretty. It grew up like a small shrub and I love it. Now I am collecting the seeds so that I will have some next year too. The color is very bright and like others have said, it seems to be one of the few flowers to survive southern summers and clay soil without scorching. Even through our record drought this year, it has still looked beautiful with no water for very long periods. It is even still going strong and it is the end of October.


On Aug 10, 2007, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

I always like growing it for the Butterflies and for its looks. I don't have to be concerned about mildew either.


On Nov 4, 2006, digitalbanzai from Arlington, TX wrote:

This stuff did great for us. We have terrible clay soil and our backyard gets almost 16 hours of sun a day. It was pretty much the only thing that could survive the onslought of sun and drought, and it survived in style. Definitely getting more!


On Aug 13, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

The profusion series of zinnias are new to me this year, but I will make sure to plant some every year from now on. They have performed extremely well through this extremely hot and dry summer with minimal watering and care. In mid August when some of the annuals are starting to decline and show signs of stress, these are still bright and beautiful.


On Jan 28, 2006, cnswift from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

This is my new favorite little flower. I planted it late last summer and it is still blooming! It is also much more rabbit resistant than most other flowers, which is a big appeal in my neighborhood. I am hoping for some volunteers sometime in the spring - what a joy that would be! I agree with the previous person's comment about the pink however, they were a bit of a dissappointment after the 'profusion' of the orange. Enjoy!


On Sep 24, 2004, beclu727 from Dacula, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought a six-pack of these in late April. They are still going strong in September surviving the remnants of Frances and Ivan. I am collecting seeds and hope to have many next year.


On Jan 5, 2004, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Tx.
The 'Profusion' series of zinnia was named an All American selection in 2001 and the noted horticulturist and author Alan Armitage has stated that it is the best zinnia on the market. The praise showered on this series of zinnia is due to its consistent performance, ability to thrive in cool, warm and hot weather, early bloom set and tolerance of a variety of diseases. It is more powdery mildew resistant than most zinnia varieties.

Bushy and medium-sized in height, the plants produce single, 2-3 inch velvety orange blooms and bloom continuously all season. The flowers are excellent for cutting, although the flower stem is short, and have a good vase life. Butterflies love them.

Plant in beds or containers in full sun in fertile well dr... read more