Zinnia Zinnia elegans Sprite Mixed (d)

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


Zinnia elegans Sprite Mixed, commonly known as Zinnia, is a captivating flower that showcases a vibrant display of colors. The blooms come in a dazzling array of hues including pink, purple, red, orange, yellow, and white, often with multiple shades present in each flower head. The petals are typically arranged in a single or multiple rows around the center, creating a full and lush look. Their shapes can range from being pointed and narrow to broader and more rounded, contributing to the diversity within the mix. The foliage of Zinnia is equally attractive, with leaves that are usually bright green, adding a fresh backdrop to the bright flowers. The leaves are most often lance-shaped, with a slightly rough texture that can be appealing to the touch. The stems are erect and sturdy, holding the flower heads high and making them excellent for cutting and adding to bouquets. The overall appearance of Zinnia elegans Sprite Mixed is one of cheerfulness and color that can enliven any garden space or floral arrangement.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Youth-And-Age, Common Zinnia, Elegant Zinnia

    • Common names

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

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Zinnias are generally considered non-toxic to humans. There are no significant reports of Zinnia poisonings in humans, and they are not known to contain any toxic principles that would cause harm upon ingestion. However, as with any plant, individual allergies or sensitivities can occur, and eating non-food plants is generally not advisable.

    • To pets

      Zinnias are also considered non-toxic to pets. They are not known to cause any significant toxicity in dogs, cats, or other household pets. As with humans, it is always possible for an individual animal to have a sensitivity or allergic reaction to a plant that is generally considered safe, but no serious adverse effects should be expected from pets ingesting Zinnias.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 feet (30 cm)

    • Spread

      1 feet (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Easy to Grow: Zinnia elegans, also known as common zinnia, is known for being easy to cultivate even for novice gardeners.
    • Attracts Pollinators: They are great for attracting bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, which are important for pollination.
    • Vibrant Colors: Common zinnias provide a vibrant array of colors which can enhance the visual appeal of any garden or landscape.
    • Long Blooming Period: These plants have a long flowering season, often blooming from early summer until frost.
    • Low Maintenance: Zinnias generally require minimal care, thriving in many soil types and withstanding dry conditions once established.
    • Cut Flowers: Their sturdy stems and long vase life make them excellent for use in bouquets and flower arrangements.

  • 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

    • Zinnia elegans can be used for natural fabric dyes, producing a range of colors from yellow to brown depending on the mordant used.
    • The petals of Zinnia elegans are edible and can be used to add color to salads and desserts for an attractive presentation.
    • Dried zinnia petals can be incorporated into homemade potpourri mixes, adding color and a light, pleasant scent to a room.
    • The stems of zinnias, being strong and straight, are sometimes used in arts and crafts for making flower arrangements or as a natural decor element.
    • Zinnia elegans can be used in companion planting to attract beneficial insects such as ladybugs and hoverflies, which help control aphids.
    • When pressed and preserved, Zinnia elegans flowers can be used in scrapbooking or to decorate homemade greeting cards or bookmarks.
    • Zinnia flowers can be floated in decorative bowls of water as a simple and elegant non-traditional table centerpiece.
    • Children can use the brightly colored petals of Zinnia elegans to create natural art, such as making collages or decorating fairy gardens.
    • Zinnia elegans can be used in educational settings to teach children about botany, plant life cycles, and the importance of pollinators.
    • Zinnia petals can serve as a natural confetti for outdoor celebrations, bio-degradable and less harmful to the environment than plastic confetti.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Zinnia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Zinnia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Endurance: Zinnias are known to withstand hot temperatures and can bloom under harsh conditions, symbolizing patience and resilience.
    • Friendship: With their colorful and long-lasting blooms, zinnias are often given between friends to signify lasting affection.
    • Remembrance: Because they can grow for a long time, zinnias can symbolize the act of reminiscing or thinking of absent friends.
    • Daily remembrance: Zinnias may also signify a memory of a friend who is thought of daily due to their daily blooming habit.
    • Mixed Emotions: The diverse range of colors in a Zinnia elegans Sprite Mixed arrangement can represent complex emotions or the blending of feelings in a relationship.
    • Absent Friends: In some cultures, zinnias are placed on graves or given to remember and honor friends who have passed away.

Every 3-7 days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not needed
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Zinnias, including the Zinnia elegans Sprite Mixed, require moderate and consistent watering, but it’s crucial not to overwater them to prevent mildew. Water the plants at the base to keep the foliage dry, and provide about 1 inch of water per week to soak the soil thoroughly. In hot and dry periods, you may need to water a couple of times per week, making sure the top inch of soil is moist. During prolonged rain or cool weather, reduce the watering frequency. Use a watering can or a hose with a low-pressure setting to gently deliver the water without disturbing the soil or damaging the plant.

  • sunLight

    Zinnias thrive in full sun, so the Zinnia elegans Sprite Mixed should be placed in a spot where it receives at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily. Avoid shaded areas as insufficient light can lead to weak stems and poor blooming. An ideal location would be on a south-facing garden bed or a spot that is sunny for the majority of the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Zinnias prefer warm conditions and the Zinnia elegans Sprite Mixed is no exception, with ideal temperatures ranging from 74°F to 84°F. They can tolerate a minimum temperature of around 50°F but growth will be slower and they may be prone to diseases. These plants can survive up to a maximum temperature of about 100°F, though prolonged heat may stress the plants.

  • scissorsPruning

    Deadheading Zinnia elegans Sprite Mixed encourages more blooms and extends the flowering period. Snip off the faded flowers just above the next bud or leaf to promote continual blooming throughout the summer and early fall. Regular pruning, every 2 to 3 weeks or as needed when flowers fade, will keep the plants looking tidy and prevent self-seeding if not desired. The best time to prune is in the morning when the plants are fresh.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Zinnia, commonly known as Zinnia, thrives best in a rich, well-drained soil mix with a pH of around 5.5 to 7.5. A mixture of garden soil, compost, and a bit of sand or perlite for improved drainage makes an ideal growing medium for Zinnias.

  • plantRepotting

    Zinnias generally do not need to be repotted as they are annual plants and complete their lifecycle in one growing season. After seeding, they will grow, bloom, and can be replaced the following season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Zinnias prefer moderate ambient humidity but are quite adaptable. The ideal humidity range for Zinnias is around 40-60% but they can tolerate a bit lower or higher as long as they are well ventilated.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure adequate light, well-drained soil for indoor Zinnias.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, well-draining soil, regular deadheading for outdoor Zinnias.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The life of Zinnia elegans, also commonly known as Common Zinnia, begins with seed germination, which occurs when conditions are warm and moist, usually in the spring or early summer. The seedlings soon emerge, and as they grow, they develop a set of true leaves in addition to the initial seed leaves (cotyledons). The plants then enter a vegetative growth stage, where they produce a rosette of leaves on a stout stem. As they mature, Common Zinnias develop flower buds at the tips of their stems. Blooming follows, displaying a variety of colors depending on the cultivar, and the flowers are pollinated by insects such as butterflies and bees. Once pollinated, the flowers produce seeds that mature, completing the life cycle when they are dispersed to grow into new plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Zinnia Sprite Mixed, commonly known as Zinnia, is most popularly propagated through seeds. The best time to sow Zinnia seeds is after the last frost when the soil has warmed, typically in late spring or early summer. To propagate Zinnias by seed, press them lightly into the surface of well-draining soil and lightly cover them with a thin layer of soil or compost. Seeds should be spaced at least 6 inches (roughly 15 cm) apart to allow for adequate air circulation and room to grow. Zinnias require a sunny spot and moist, but not waterlogged, soil. Germination typically occurs within 5 to 7 days. Once seedlings have developed a couple of sets of true leaves, they can be thinned or transplanted to their final growing positions, ensuring vibrant blooms throughout the growing season.