friendship, endurance, daily remembrance, goodness, and lasting affection

Zinnia elegans known as youth-and-age, common zinnia, or elegant zinnia, is an annual flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. Zinnia is a genus of plants of the tribe Heliantheae within the family Asteraceae. They are native to scrub and dry grassland in an area stretching from the Southwestern United States to South America, with a center of diversity in Mexico.

While zinnia has many different meanings, it is usually associated with friendship, endurance, daily remembrance, goodness, and lasting affection. The Victorian meaning of zinnia are thoughts of an absent friend or a friend you haven't seen in a while.

One of the easiest annuals to grow, zinnia flowers bring an explosion of color wherever they go. The show lasts from late spring until the first frost in fall. Butterflies and hummingbirds are attracted to the cheery flowers that bloom in nearly every bright color imaginable. They grow quickly and reliably, making them a great choice for first-time flower growers. Add in their low maintenance requirements and the variety of sizes and shapes, and you can’t lose.

Zinnias come in a wide variety of flower shapes with stars, daisies, dahlias, spiders, buttons, domes, and quill-leaf cactus shapes. Within those shapes, there are also singles, semi-doubles, and doubles.

Common Zinnia is one of the most rewarding summer flowers with its brilliant colors and its profuse blooms over a long season extending from early summer to frost. Adored by butterflies, they are also highly popular amongst gardeners thanks to their wide variety of plant heights, flower sizes, forms, and colors, a diversity to suit every need.