Zinnia Zinnia elegans Cresto Mixed

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
zinnia [Cresto Mixed]


Zinnia elegans Cresto Mixed, commonly known as zinnia, is a vibrant and showy flowering plant celebrated for its rich, multicolored blooms. The appearance of this zinnia variety is characterized by a mix of large, double flowers that often display a multitude of petals arranged in a dome-shaped crest, which is particularly eye-catching. These petals fan out in a striking display of vivid colors, which can include shades of pink, red, orange, yellow, white, and purple, often with multiple hues present in a single flower head to create a captivating visual effect. The leaves of the zinnia are typically lance-shaped or oval, with a somewhat rough texture and can appear in mint or deep green colors. The foliage sets a lush backdrop for the brilliant flowers, which are the central attraction of this plant. The stems are sturdy and erect, holding the flowers aloft with a certain grace and poise that adds to the plant's ornamental value. Zinnia elegans Cresto Mixed makes a bold statement in gardens due to its profusion of colorful and large blooms, which attract a variety of pollinators including butterflies and hummingbirds, adding further dynamism to its display. Its festive florals are favorites for cut flower arrangements and are often used to add a pop of color in bouquets due to their long-lasting nature and striking beauty.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Common Zinnia, Youth-and-Age, Elegans Zinnia

    • Common names

      Zinnia violacea, Crassina elegans, Crassina pumila, Zinnia angustifolia elegans.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Zinnia is generally not regarded as a poisonous plant to humans. Ingesting parts of Zinnia may cause mild gastrointestinal discomfort in some individuals due to the presence of natural plant compounds, but it is typically not toxic. There is no widespread documentation of severe poisoning from consuming Zinnia.

    • To pets

      Zinnia is also considered non-toxic to pets. It is not known to cause serious harm if pets, such as cats or dogs, ingest parts of the plant. While it's always best to prevent pets from eating plants, ingestion of Zinnia may cause mild stomach upset in some cases, but serious toxicity or poisoning is unlikely.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-3 feet (61-91 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Colorful Blooms: Zinnias are known for their vibrant and multicolored flowers, which add aesthetic value to gardens and landscapes.
    • Attracts Pollinators: They attract beneficial insects like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, which are essential for pollination.
    • Easy to Grow: Zinnias are hardy and relatively easy to cultivate, making them great for novice gardeners and those with a limited horticultural background.
    • Drought Tolerant: Once established, zinnias have good drought tolerance, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Long Blooming Period: Zinnias have a lengthy blooming season that extends from spring to autumn, providing continuous color in the garden.
    • Variety of Uses: They can be used in flower beds, borders, containers, and as cut flowers in floral arrangements.
    • Improves Garden Health: Zinnia flowers can help in managing pest populations by attracting predatory insects that feed on garden pests.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Natural Dyes: Zinnia petals can be used to create a range of natural dyes for fabrics, offering hues from yellow to brown depending on the mordant used.
    • Craft Projects: The vibrant and colorful flowers of zinnias make them ideal for inclusion in homemade pressed flower crafts or creating floral decoupage art.
    • Educational Tools: Zinnias, due to their ease of growth and vibrant colors, can be used in educational settings to teach children about plant biology and the lifecycle of a flower.
    • Photography Subjects: Zinnias are often used by photographers looking for a colorful and intricate subject to practice macro and nature photography.
    • Garden Bordering: Their brightness and height variability make zinnias useful for creating visually appealing borders in home gardens.
    • Companion Planting: Planting zinnias among vegetable crops can help attract pollinators and potentially increase the yield of vegetables like tomatoes and peppers.
    • Petals as Confetti: Dry zinnia petals can be used as a biodegradable confetti alternative for celebrations or eco-friendly events.
    • Hair Accessories: Fresh or dried zinnia flowers can be used to create unique and colorful hair accessories like headbands or hair clips.
    • Flower Arranging: Zinnias are a popular choice for amateur and professional florists alike due to their variety of colors and long vase life.
    • Culinary Decoration: Though not widely known for culinary use, zinnia petals can be used as a colorful, edible garnish for salads and desserts.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Zinnias are not traditionally used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Zinnias are not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Memory: Zinnias are often associated with remembrance, making them a meaningful gesture for those who are absent or have passed away.
    • Affection: Giving zinnias can express a sense of affection and enduring friendship.
    • Endurance: The hardiness of the flower symbolizes endurance and the ability to withstand challenges.
    • Daily remembrance: The bloom pattern of the zinnias encourages the idea of thinking about absent friends daily.
    • Constancy: Zinnias represent constancy and commitment to friends and loved ones.

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  • water dropWater

    Zinnias require a consistent watering schedule, ideally early in the morning to allow foliage to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of fungal diseases. They should be watered deeply a few times a week, providing about an inch of water, which equates to roughly 0.6 gallons per square yard of soil. During hot, dry periods, they may need more frequent watering. It's important not to overwater, as zinnias are drought tolerant and prefer well-drained soil. Ensure that the soil is moist but not waterlogged by checking the soil moisture an inch below the surface before the next watering.

  • sunLight

    Zinnias flourish in full sun, where they can receive at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily. The best spot for zinnias is an area with unobstructed exposure to the sun, ideally away from taller plants or structures that could cast shade. Sufficient sunlight encourages strong stem growth and vibrant blooms, making it essential for optimal plant health.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Zinnias are best suited to warm conditions and should be grown where temperatures range between 60 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive minimum temperatures down to 50 degrees Fahrenheit but will not tolerate frost. The ideal temperature for robust growth and flowering is within the range of 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Zinnias should be pruned or deadheaded regularly to encourage more blooms and maintain a neat appearance. Remove faded flowers and any damaged or diseased foliage to redirect the plant's energy into producing new growth. The best time to prune is when flowers begin to wilt and lose their vibrant color, roughly once a week during peak blooming season.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Zinnias thrive in rich, well-draining soil with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. An ideal soil mix for Zinnia elegans would be a combination of garden soil, compost, and a bit of sand for improved drainage. Regular feeding with a balanced fertilizer will promote robust blooms.

  • plantRepotting

    Zinnias, including the Cresto Mixed variety, are annuals and do not typically require repotting as they will complete their life cycle within one growing season. They are generally sown directly where they are to flower or started indoors and transplanted once.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Zinnias prefer moderate humidity levels and are adaptable to the humidity found in most outdoor garden environments. They do not require high humidity and excessive humidity can lead to fungal diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure full sun, well-draining soil, and regular watering for indoor Zinnias.

    • Outdoor

      Choose a sunny spot, fertile soil, water regularly, and provide space for air circulation.

    • Hardiness zone

      2-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Zinnia elegans, commonly known as zinnia, begins its life as a seed that germinates within 5-24 days after planting, depending on temperature and moisture. In the seedling stage, the first true leaves develop after the initial cotyledons, and the plant starts to photosynthesize. As zinnias enter the vegetative stage, they rapidly grow stems and leaves, and with adequate sunlight, water, and nutrition, they become bushy. Transitioning into the flowering stage, zinnias produce vibrant blooms in a variety of colors which can last from mid-summer until the first frost, attracting pollinators such as butterflies and bees. After pollination, flowers develop into seed heads that mature and then dry out, allowing the seeds to be collected for future planting. Eventually, as cold temperatures set in or conditions become less favorable, the annual zinnia plants die, completing their life cycle, but leaving behind seeds for the next generation.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: Zinnia elegans, commonly known as Zinnia, is typically propagated by seed. The most popular method involves direct sowing into the garden bed or outdoor container after the last frost when the soil has warmed, usually in late spring or early summer. To sow, scatter the seeds lightly over the soil surface and cover them with a fine layer of soil no more than a quarter inch (about 6 millimeters) deep. Water gently and maintain consistent moisture until germination, which typically occurs within 7 to 10 days. Zinnias prefer well-drained soil and a sunny location. They are not generally propagated by cuttings or division due to their rapid and robust seed germination process.