Zinnia Zinnia elegans 'Magellan Pink' (Magellan Series) (d)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
zinnia 'Magellan Pink'


Zinnia elegans 'Magellan Pink', commonly known as common zinnia, is a striking flower known for its vibrant and captivating appearance. The plant produces large, dahlia-like blooms with layers of soft pink petals that radiate from the center creating a full, round flower head. The petals are velvety to the touch and can create a lush, almost fluffy appearance that captivates the eye. The blooms have a brightness that catches the light, giving the flower bed or container a cheerful splash of color. In the center of each flower, a visible eye of smaller, darker pink to golden yellow tone accents the lighter pink petals, giving the flowers a sense of depth and complexity. This contrast offers a delightful visual appeal that can attract pollinators such as butterflies and hummingbirds. The foliage of the common zinnia is typically a lush green, with leaves that are pointed and somewhat rough in texture. This green backdrop makes the pink flowers stand out even more, providing excellent contrast and making the blooms look even more vibrant. The leaves form a bushy mound, adding to the overall lush appearance of the plant. In gardens, the common zinnia is often seen making bold statements with its pop of color and is beloved for the bright, joyful presence it brings to the landscape. Its pink blossoms are long-lasting and can provide color from mid-summer to the first frost, offering enduring beauty in outdoor spaces.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Magellan Pink Zinnia, Youth-and-Age, Common Zinnia, Elegant Zinnia.

    • Common names

      Zinnia violacea Cav.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Zinnia elegans, commonly known as Zinnia, is not considered toxic to humans. Therefore, ingesting parts of this plant typically does not result in poisoning or adverse health effects.

    • To pets

      Zinnia elegans, commonly known as Zinnia, is generally recognized as non-toxic to pets. Ingesting this plant should not cause serious harm or symptoms of poisoning in animals. However, individual sensitivity can vary, and some pets might experience mild gastrointestinal upset if they consume parts of the plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot 2-3 inches (35-40 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot 2-3 inches (35-40 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Enhances garden aesthetics: Zinnia elegans 'Magellan Pink' adds vibrant color and visual interest to gardens with its bright pink blooms.
    • Attracts pollinators: The flowers are a magnet for bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators, supporting local ecosystems.
    • Easy to grow: This plant is known for being easy to care for, making it suitable for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought-tolerant: Once established, it can tolerate periods of dry weather, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Ideal for cut flowers: The stems are long and sturdy, making them perfect for creating attractive floral arrangements.
    • Continuous blooming: With proper care, the plant will continue to produce flowers throughout the growing season.
    • Versatile planting options: Can be grown in garden beds, borders, and containers, offering flexibility in garden design.
    • Deer-resistant: Typically, deer do not prefer eating Zinnias, which can help minimize garden damage in areas with deer populations.
    • Promotes garden biodiversity: By attracting various pollinators, it helps to maintain a healthy and diverse garden environment.

  • 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

    • Decorative pressings: The vibrant petals of the Zinnia can be pressed and used in art projects, creating beautiful designs for greeting cards or bookmarks.
    • Flower confetti: Dried petals of Zinnia can be used as a natural and biodegradable confetti for celebrations and weddings.
    • Dye source: The petals, especially from the deeper colored varieties, can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics or paper.
    • Educational tool: Zinnias are easy to grow and can be used in schools to teach children about plant life cycles and gardening basics.
    • Garden bordering: Zinnia plants are used to create colorful borders along walkways or garden edges, enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the landscape.
    • Photography subjects: Due to their bright colors and large blooms, Zinnias make excellent subjects for photography, offering a way for photographers to practice macro and nature photography.
    • Companion planting: Gardeners often plant Zinnias among vegetables as they can attract beneficial insects that help in pollination and pest control.
    • Color theming: Zinnias are used in gardens and landscaping to reinforce color themes for events or seasonal displays.
    • Floral crafts: Their sturdy stems and long-lasting flowers make Zinnias ideal for use in homemade wreaths and floral arrangements.
    • Stress relief: Gardening with Zinnias and other flowers can provide therapeutic benefits and help reduce stress through interaction with nature.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Zinnias are not specifically 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 suitable gift to honor someone who has passed away or as a symbol of an enduring memory.
    • Endurance: Zinnia elegans has the ability to withstand heat and sun, symbolizing endurance and hardiness in the face of challenges.
    • Friendship: Giving zinnias can be indicative of a lasting friendship, as it is considered a flower that symbolizes strong and enduring bonds.
    • Daily Remembrance: Due to their long blooming period, zinnias serve as a reminder to think of absent friends on a daily basis.
    • Affection: The bright colors of zinnias, including the vibrant pink of the 'Magellan Pink', can express affection and love, making them a cheerful choice for bouquets to loved ones.

Every week
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not necessary
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Zinnias require moderate watering, so Magellan Pink Zinnias should be watered deeply a few times a week, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. It is best to water these plants early in the morning to reduce evaporation and minimize leaf moisture, which can lead to diseases. A general guideline is to provide about an inch of water per week, but this can vary depending on temperature and soil conditions. Always avoid overhead watering to keep the foliage dry; instead, use a soaker hose or drip irrigation to deliver water directly to the base of the plant. During hot, dry periods, water consumption may increase, and it might be necessary to water more frequently to keep the soil evenly moist.

  • sunLight

    Magellan Pink Zinnias thrive in full sunlight. They prefer a location where they receive at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. These plants will produce the most abundant and vibrant flowers when planted in an area that is not shaded and receives plenty of afternoon sun. Do not place them in areas with limited light, as this will reduce blooming and may promote disease.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Magellan Pink Zinnias perform best in temperatures ranging from 60°F to 85°F. They are heat-loving plants that can tolerate high temperatures up to around 100°F but will start to suffer beyond that. On the cooler end, they can survive brief dips down to 50°F but are not frost-tolerant and will be killed by a freeze. Ideal growing conditions are warm days with cooler nights, as long as the temperature remains above the minimum threshold.

  • scissorsPruning

    Magellan Pink Zinnias benefit from pruning to encourage more robust plants and continuous blooms. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to promote further blooming. This practice involves snipping off the faded flowers just above the next set of leaves or buds. Prune any damaged or diseased stems throughout the season to maintain plant health. The best time for extensive pruning is early to midsummer, just as the plant's stems are getting longer and before they bloom fully, to create a bushier plant with more flowers.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Zinnia Magellan Pink thrives in rich, well-draining soil with a pH between 5.5 and 7.5. A mix of garden soil, compost, and perlite or sand to improve drainage is ideal for these vibrant flowers.

  • plantRepotting

    Zinnia Magellan Pink, typically grown as an annual, does not require repotting. If started indoors, transplant once to the garden when the weather warms.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Zinnias like the Magellan Pink are tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels and do not have specific humidity requirements, making them versatile for various climates.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure full sun, good air circulation, and use well-draining soil mix.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun after frost, in fertile, well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      2-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Zinnia 'Magellan Pink' begins its life as a seed that requires well-drained soil and full sunlight to germinate, usually taking about 7 to 10 days to sprout. The seedling stage follows, characterized by the emergence of the plant's first true leaves after the initial seed leaves, and it requires consistent moisture and good air circulation to thrive. As it enters the vegetative stage, the plant grows rapidly, developing a sturdy stem and multiple leaves, and it may require pinching to promote bushier growth. The flowering stage occurs when the plant matures and produces vibrant pink blooms, typically from mid-summer until the first frost, attracting pollinators such as butterflies and bees. After pollination, the flowers will develop into seed heads if left on the plant, marking the reproductive stage where seeds can be collected for future planting. Lastly, the Zinnia 'Magellan Pink' completes its annual life cycle by dying back after the first heavy frost, although it has the potential to self-seed if conditions are favorable.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Zinnia, specifically the Magellan Pink variety, is most commonly propagated through seeds. The ideal time to sow zinnia seeds is after the last frost when the soil temperature has reached at least 70°F (about 21°C). To propagate, prepare a well-draining soil mix in a flat or container, and sow the seeds approximately 1/4 inch deep. Ensure they receive plenty of sunlight and keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Germination usually occurs within 5 to 7 days. Once the seedlings have developed a couple of true leaves and are sturdy enough, they can be transplanted to their final location in the garden or in individual pots. This direct seeding method is simple and effective, aligning with the plant's rapid growth habit and summer blooming cycle.