Zinnia Zinnia elegans 'Short Stuff Orange' (Short Stuff Series) (d)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
zinnia 'Short Stuff Orange'


The Zinnia elegans 'Short Stuff Orange' is part of the Short Stuff Series notable for their vibrant and showy blooms. This particular variety sports a dazzling orange color that is sure to catch the eye in any garden setting. The flowers of this plant are fully double, meaning that they have numerous layers of petals, creating a dense and pompom-like appearance. Each petal is smooth and slightly overlapping with its neighbors, contributing to the fullness of the blossom. These blossoms are borne on sturdy stems that emerge from a bushy and well-branched plant. The foliage is a rich green which provides a complementary backdrop to the striking orange flowers. The leaves are typically lance-shaped, with a slightly rough texture and pointed tips. Together, the bold flowers and lush foliage create a display that is both visually dramatic and texturally varied. As a member of the Short Stuff Series, this plant has been bred for its ornamental qualities, which, in addition to its striking color and lush foliage, include a form that is both robust and floriferous. The display of blooms is generous, each contributing to an overall effect that is cheerful and warm, making it a popular choice for adding a splash of color to gardens, containers, and landscapes. The Zinnia elegans 'Short Stuff Orange' is well suited for sunny spots and, when in bloom, they serve as an excellent attractant for butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, adding not only beauty but also ecological benefits to the space they occupy. The plant has a tidy growth habit, making it a well-suited candidate for various garden styles, including formal and cottage gardens, as well as urban and patio gardens where space might be limited.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

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

    • Common names

      Zinnia elegans, Crassina elegans, Zinnia violacea.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Zinnia elegans, commonly known as Zinnia, is not known to be toxic to humans. There are no significant toxic effects reported from ingesting this plant, and it is generally considered safe for humans when handled appropriately.

    • To pets

      Zinnia elegans, commonly known as Zinnia, is not known to be toxic to pets such as dogs and cats. There are no significant toxic effects reported from pets ingesting this plant, and it is generally considered safe for pets when encountered in the garden or home.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Low Maintenance: Zinnia 'Short Stuff Orange' requires minimal care, making it ideal for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Vibrant Color: It provides a splash of orange color that can brighten up any garden space.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers attract butterflies and bees, promoting pollination in the garden.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, zinnias are drought-resistant, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Long Blooming Period: Zinnias have a lengthy flowering season that typically lasts from early summer to the first frost.
    • Easy to Grow: They are easy to cultivate from seed, allowing for a cost-effective way to populate a garden with color.
    • Versatile Planting: Zinnias can be used in beds, borders, and containers, offering flexibility in garden design.
    • Cut Flowers: They make excellent cut flowers with a long vase life, perfect for home decoration.
    • Disease Resistance: The 'Short Stuff' series is bred for improved resistance to common fungal diseases such as powdery mildew.
    • Compact Growth: The 'Short Stuff Orange' variant has a compact growth habit, suitable for small spaces and borders.

  • 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

    • Zinnias can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, with the petals offering a range of colors from yellows to oranges depending on their concentration.
    • The flowers of zinnias are edible and can add a colorful touch to salads or be used as a garnish for desserts and drinks.
    • Zinnias can act as a lure for beneficial insects into the garden, such as ladybugs and hoverflies, which can help reduce pest populations.
    • The plant’s sturdy stem allows it to be used in structural flower arrangements, providing support for other, more delicate flowers.
    • Zinnia petals can be used in craft projects, such as making natural confetti or being incorporated into homemade paper.
    • The vibrant colors of Zinnias can be captured in photography and used for botanical artwork or as inspirational material for designers.
    • As a teaching tool, Zinnias are easy to grow and can be used to educate students about the lifecycle of plants and the basics of horticulture.
    • Ground-up Zinnia petals can be mixed with clear glue to create a natural, decorative paste for arts and crafts.
    • Zinnias, due to their different colors and forms, can be used in scientific studies to understand plant genetics and hybridization effects.
    • Dried Zinnia flowers can be used to create potpourris or aromatic sachets, offering a subtle fragrance to drawers and closets.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Zinnia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Zinnia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Thoughts of Friends: Zinnias are typically associated with thoughts of absent friends, suggesting that giving or displaying zinnias can represent a symbol of enduring friendship, or a token of remembrance for someone who is not present.
    • Lasting Affection: They are often seen as flowers that symbolize enduring love, which makes them appropriate for gifts that aim to convey long-term affection or commitment.
    • Goodness: Zinnias are a symbol of goodness, perhaps due to their bright and attractive flowers, pointing to the idea of goodness as something that is both vibrant and appealing.
    • Daily Remembrance: These flowers can serve as a reminder of good times or daily memories, possibly because they have a strong presence and are memorable in their environments.
    • Constancy: The robust nature of zinnias makes them emblematic of constancy or reliability, indicating that someone can be counted on through various circumstances.

Every 3-7 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not needed
Spring to early summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Zinnias should be watered at the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases. For 'Short Stuff Orange' Zinnia, it's important to provide deep watering, which encourages the roots to grow deeper into the soil. This should be done once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions, with about 1 inch of water given each time. Always allow the soil to dry out slightly between watering sessions to prevent overwatering. During hotter, dry spells, you might need to water more frequently to keep the soil consistently moist.

  • sunLight

    'Short Stuff Orange' Zinnias thrive in full sun, which means a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. The best spot for these plants is in an area that gets unfiltered sunlight through most of the day. Avoid placing them in shaded areas, as lack of light can result in fewer flowers and weak, leggy growth. If you are in a particularly hot climate, a spot with afternoon shade can help protect the zinnias from excessive heat.

  • thermometerTemperature

    'Short Stuff Orange' Zinnias prefer a temperature range of 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal growth but can survive outside of this range. They can tolerate temperatures as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as up into the 90's, but extended periods outside their comfort zone can stress the plants. It's important to avoid planting them outdoors until all danger of frost has passed and temperatures consistently stay above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning 'Short Stuff Orange' Zinnias helps to encourage bushier growth and more flowers. Deadheading, or removing spent flowers, should be done frequently to promote continuous blooming. Trim off the old flowers just above the next set of leaves or buds. Additionally, if plants become too crowded, thin them to improve air circulation. The best time to prune is in the morning, when the plants are dry, to prevent the spread of diseases.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Zinnias prefer a well-draining soil rich in organic matter, with a neutral to slightly acidic pH of 5.5 to 7.5. A mix of garden soil, compost, and a component like perlite or peat moss to aid drainage is ideal for the common Zinnia.

  • plantRepotting

    Zinnias are typically grown as annuals and are not commonly repotted. They are often sown directly into the garden or started in trays and transplanted once without the need for subsequent repotting.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Zinnias thrive best in moderate humidity conditions but are quite adaptable and can tolerate a range of humidity levels as long as they are not continuously wet, which can promote fungal diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure full sun, good airflow, and warmth for Zinnias indoors.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Zinnias in full sun, well-drained soil, after last frost.

    • Hardiness zone

      Not applicable for annual Zinnias; they grow in all zones as annuals.

  • circleLife cycle

    Zinnia elegans, commonly known as Zinnia, begins its life as a seed that germinates in warm soil with full sunlight. Upon germination, the seedling emerges, sporting its first set of true leaves and beginning its vegetative growth phase, during which it develops a strong stem and a lush foliage. As temperatures rise in late spring to early summer, the Zinnia enters its flowering stage, where 'Short Stuff Orange' produces vibrant, orange-colored blossoms that attract pollinators and offer a striking display. After pollination, the flowers will produce seeds within their drying heads, marking the Zinnia's reproduction stage. These seeds eventually fall to the ground or are collected for sowing the next season, completing the annual life cycle. As an annual, the plant will die off with the first frosts of autumn or winter after seed maturation, relying on its seeds to propagate the next generation of Zinnia plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to early summer

    • The most popular method of propagating Zinnia elegans 'Short Stuff Orange' is through seeds. Ideally, seeds should be sown in spring after the last frost when the soil has warmed up, as zinnias thrive in warm conditions. To sow the seeds, plant them at a shallow depth of about a quarter inch (6 mm) and space them approximately 12 inches (30 cm) apart to allow for ample growing space. Provide consistent moisture, but avoid overwatering as zinnias are prone to rot in soggy soil. Germination typically occurs within 7 to 10 days in a sunny location. Once the seedlings have grown several sets of true leaves, they can be thinned or transplanted if necessary to their final positions in the garden or containers, ensuring they receive full sunlight for the best flowering results.