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Zinnia 'Profusion Cherry'


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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

8.6 to 9.0 (strongly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

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:

Calistoga, California

Irvine, California

Lake Forest, California

Redondo Beach, California

Largo, Florida

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Hebron, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Mandeville, Louisiana

Towson, Maryland

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Liberty, Missouri

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Red Oak, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Anderson, South Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Dallas, Texas

Denison, Texas

Provo, Utah

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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 Cherry 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 Oct 19, 2015, towsonite from Towson, MD wrote:

Love, Love, Love profusion zinnias. I substituted them one season for where I would have used petunias and never looked back. The notes on this plant say to water them regularly, but I've never watered them except to get them established and then rarely when we've had a petunia-destroying drought. We've used an orange variety two years ago and this cherry variety the past two. Never used the "fire" variety another mentioned, which looks beautiful, but I've never had a problem with the Cherries fading until the very end of the season. Throughout July and August the plants grow fast enough that fading flowers were quickly hidden by leaves or just overpowered by new blooms. The downside where we live, however, is that you don't get much of a show until late-June, but they keep blooming,... read 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 Jul 7, 2006, afr from Dallas, TX wrote:

Although the flowers are a very pretty pink when they first open, they fade to an extremely pale and unattractive color. For this reason, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden now recommends against this particular color of the 'Profusion' series. Others in the series, especially 'Profusion Fire,' perform very well.


On Jun 20, 2005, achoogardner from Red Oak, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

As it's name implys this sun loving plant has a profusion of blooms on it. The color is actually pink instead of the red that you may think of. It starts out as a medium-dark pink when the bloom opens up and turns lighter the longer it is open. The blooms last a long time, I have had some that are still beautiful even after a week and a half. I am a new gardner and these are one of my favorites so far.