Zinnias – The true sign of late summer on the East Coast

Scientific name: Zinnia elegans

History: First discovered as a wildflower by Dr. Johann Gottfried Zinn, a German botanist, who took it back to Europe and started crossbreeding it with other zinnias, making hybrid variations, of the flower.

Meaning: the zinnia flower has several meanings including thoughts of friends, endurance, daily remembrance, goodness and lasting affection. Attracts Butterflies

Origin: strong, drought tolerant sun loving flower that is originally from southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America.

Season: In warmer areas with long growing seasons.

Growing: Zinnia flowers are one of the easiest plants grow, and bloom heavily. Zinnias are annuals, so they grow for one season and make great cutting flowers. They grow well in window boxes, and containers. Zinnias are grown from seed; they grow very quickly in the right conditions. Zinnias do not like to be transplanted.

Colors: many shades of red, orange, yellow, white, pinks, lilac and even lime green.

Variations: the zinnia flower can be as small as one inch across or as large as seven inches across.

Stop in for a bouquet of locally grown Zinnias, available now through October.

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