Zahara Double Fire zinnia

Virtues: We love Zahara Double Fire zinnia for its spectacular scarlet-orange, double blooming flowers.The dense, bushy plant is a continuous bloomer Scarlet-orange double blossoms of this zinna varietyfrom late spring until frost.  Double Fire is tolerant of heat, humidity and drought, and displays good resistance to leaf spot and powdery mildew.

Common name: Zinnia

Botanical name: Zinnia marylandica 

Foliage: Medium green

Habit: Compact habit. Grows to a mature 12 to 15 inches tall and 15 to 18 inches wide

Season: Late spring until early fall

Origin: Southern United States and Mexico

Cultivation: Grow in well-drained soil, and space plants generously to avoid overcrowding. Pinch young plants if needed to promote compact, bushy form. Deadhead spent flowers to promote additional bloom. Full sun. Annual.

Image Credit: Public Domain

This post is excerpted from the July/August 2005 issue of Horticulture.

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