|Zinnia elegans.'Dreamland'. Plant.|
March 10, 2008. Glendale, Arizona.
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The 'Dreamland' series of Zinnias are gaining popularity among home gardeners and landscape professionals.
'Dreamland' is a dwarf Zinnia variety with a compact habit and fully double flowerheads which have Dahlia-form flowers that measure 4 inches across and come in 8 dazzling colors: apricot, coral, pink, rose, yellow, ivory, red, and scarlet! Outstanding, annual prized for its profuse display of stunning summer flowers.
Its lance-shaped leaves are narrow to broad, bright green, and up to 3 inches long.
Be careful in Phoenix gardens. The worse thing you can do is to plant Zinnias in heavy clay soils and overwater it. But if you have a well-drained bed, or live on rock, it's a perfect, no hassle addition.
It will endure full sun or part shade, and gets about 13" tall. Profusion is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds.
They need moderate water in the summer. A small amount of water in the winter. Try not to overwater.
Height: Up to 13 inches tall. Spreads up to 2 feet wide.
Flowers: 2 1/2" flower heads of 8 broad colored rays surrounding a yellow central disk. The flower heads are solitary and terminal. Colors are: white, chartreuse, yellow, orange, red, purple, and lilac.
Blooming Time: Late March - November. Best in April.
Leaves: Leaves are Medium Green, opposite and usually stalkless, with a shape ranging from linear to ovate. About 2 - 3 inches long.
Found: Native of the Ameriacas & Mexico. The USDA claims Zinnia elegans is native to the USA (CT, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, OH, PA, SC, UT), USA+ (PR, VI).
Elevation: 0 to 6,000 feet.
Hardiness:. We have heard many positive reports of it being hardy to Zone 4a.
Soil pH requirements:
Habitat: Desert soil, rock, does well in loose soil on slopes.
Miscellaneous: Photos Taken March 10, 2008. Glendale, Arizona. Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.
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