All You Need to Know about the Different Varieties of Zinnias

All You Need to Know about the Different Varieties of Zinnias

Zinnias are a widely popular flower that is often used in gardens and bouquets. These flowers are known for their dahlia-like blooms and vibrant colors, which add a touch of zest to any garden or floral arrangement. There are many different types of zinnias available, each with its own unique characteristics and beauty.

One of the most outstanding zinnia varieties is the Queen Red Lime zinnia. This zinnia boasts a stunning flowerhead with swirling layers of cherry red and lime green petals. Its unusual color combination is sure to catch the eye and make a statement in any garden. Another standout is the Early Bird zinnia, which blooms early in the season and is an excellent choice for those looking for a splash of color in the early spring.

In addition to these unique varieties, there are also the more traditional zinnias that come in a wide range of colors and sizes. For instance, the California Giant zinnia can grow up to 1 meter tall and produces large, vibrant blossoms that are reminiscent of fireworks. The Zahara series is another popular choice, with its compact and bushy growth habit and its ability to resist powdery mildew, a common disease that can affect zinnias.

For those who prefer a more compact plant, there are the dwarf zinnias. These zinnias grow to a height of just 20-30 cm and are perfect for edging flower beds or for planting in containers. They also make great cut flowers and can be enjoyed indoors as well as outdoors.

Whether you prefer the jazzy colors of the mixed zinnias or the classic beauty of the single-flowered types, there is a zinnia for every taste and garden. These easy-to-grow flowers are a favorite among gardeners and are sure to bring a pop of color to any landscape. So why not give zinnias a try in your garden this season and see for yourself the beauty they have to offer?

Choosing Zinnia Varieties

When it comes to zinnias, there are a wide variety of choices available. From vibrant colors to various sizes and shapes, zinnias offer abundant options for every gardener. Below we will explore some of the most popular types of zinnias and their unique characteristics.

1. California Giants: This variety, also known as ‘Haageana’, is bred by Johann Gottfried Zinn, hence the name zinnia. California Giants are known for their large flowerheads and come in various colors, including red, gold, and pink. They can grow up to 4-5 feet or 1.2-1.5 meters tall, making them an excellent choice for adding height and color to your flower beds.

2. Benary’s Giant: Another favorite among zinnia enthusiasts is ‘Benary’s Giant’. This variety is prized for its large, double flowerheads, especially suitable for cut flower arrangements. ‘Benary’s Giant’ comes in a wide range of colors and can grow up to 3 feet or 0.9 meters tall. They are excellent for adding a splash of color to your garden or as a focal point in mixed flower beds.

3. Jazzy Mix: If you’re looking for zinnias that are a bit smaller in size, the ‘Jazzy Mix’ is a great choice. This variety is a mix of various colors and grows to be around 12-20 inches or 30-50 centimeters tall. ‘Jazzy Mix’ zinnias are perfect for edging your garden beds, filling in empty spaces, or creating colorful rows of flowers.

4. Zahara Starlight Rose: For zinnias that are both beautiful and resistant to mildew, ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’ is an excellent option. This variety features unique shapes and colors, with petals that resemble peppermint candy. ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’ grows to be around 12-14 inches or 30-35 centimeters in height and is suitable for various uses, including as a specimen flower or in bouquets.

5. Mazurkia Mix: Last but not least, the ‘Mazurkia Mix’ is a zinnia variety that is known for its compact and bushy growth habit. This dwarf zinnia grows to be around 9 inches or 23 centimeters tall and comes in a mix of vibrant colors. ‘Mazurkia Mix’ zinnias are excellent for smaller gardens or for adding pops of color to containers and window boxes.

In conclusion, when it comes to selecting zinnia varieties, the choices are plentiful. Whether you prefer the towering California Giants, the double-flowered ‘Benary’s Giant’, the jazzy mix of colors in the ‘Jazzy Mix’, the unique shapes of ‘Zahara Starlight Rose’, or the compact size of the ‘Mazurkia Mix’, there is a zinnia variety to suit every gardener’s taste and style.

Different Types of Zinnia

Zinnias are a popular choice for gardeners and florists alike, thanks to their vibrant colors and easy-growing nature. There are several different types of zinnias, each with their unique characteristics and beauty.

One of the most well-known types is the California zinnia, also known as Zinnia elegans. These zinnias are commercialized and come in various colors, including bright yellows, pinks, and raspberry. They are easy to grow and stand out to any garden or bouquet.

Another popular type is the giant zinnia. As the name suggests, these zinnias grow to be quite large, reaching heights of 8 feet or more. They come in various shapes and sizes, including the dahlia-like ‘Queen Red Lime’ and the striking ‘Johann Haageana’. These zinnias are a fantastic choice if you’re looking for something eye-catching.

The Zahara series is another option for gardeners, with its compact size and heat tolerance making it a great choice for those who live in hot climates. These zinnias come in a range of colors, including the stunning ‘Zahara Raspberry Lemonade’.

If you’re looking for something a little different, there are also the ‘Peppermint Stick’ zinnias. These zinnias have a unique color pattern, with striped petals that resemble a candy cane. They make for a jazzy addition to any garden or bouquet.

Regardless of the type of zinnia you choose, they are all wonderful flowers that will brighten up your garden or home. So go ahead and try growing some zinnias – you won’t be disappointed!

Different Kinds of Zinnia Cultivars

Regarding Zinnias, there are various cultivars that gardeners can choose to add color and variety to their beds and gardens. One popular cultivar is the Zinnia Zahara, known for its early blooming time and the ability to fill the garden with its vibrant colors. Another standout cultivar is the Benary’s Giant Zinnia, which has large flower heads that come in a range of colors and sizes.

For those who prefer a more wild and whimsical look, there are the Jazzy Zinnias. These cultivars come in a mix of colors and shapes, making it difficult to stick to just one. If you’re looking for a dahlia-like flowered Zinnia, the ‘Oklahoma’ variety is a favorite. It grows to about 0.5-1m in size and produces beautiful, frost-resistant flowers.

Another standout cultivar is the ‘Mazurkia’ Zinnia, which is known for its powdery mildew resistance and its ability to produce large, flowered heads. On the other end of the size spectrum, there are the ‘Giant’ Zinnias, which grow up to 5 feet tall and have big, showy flower heads that are a favorite among many gardeners.

If you’re looking for a more subtle and elegant look, there are Zinnia species like the ‘Elegans’ and the ‘White Zinnia’. These cultivars come in shades of pinks and whites and never fail to add a touch of beauty to any garden. And for those who like a mix of color, the ‘Mixed’ Zinnias are a great choice. They come in a blend of different colors and sizes, creating a wonder of variety in the garden.

So, no matter what kind of Zinnia cultivar you choose, there is sure to be one that suits your tastes and preferences. Whether it’s the bold and jazzy colors of the ‘Benary’s Giant’ or the elegant and refined hues of the ‘White Zinnia’, Zinnias are a versatile flower that can brighten up any garden.


Zinnias are a popular flower for many gardeners due to their powdery, vibrant blooms. These flowers are known for their bright colors and are a favorite bouquet choice. Zinnias come in a variety of types, each with their own unique characteristics. Whether you are looking for a giant variety like Benary’s Giant, which will grow up to four feet tall, or a dwarf variety like ‘Pop Art Red’ that only grows a foot tall, there is a Zinnia type for every garden.

One great thing about Zinnias is that they are heat-tolerant and can withstand hot summers, making them an excellent choice for those looking to add color and zest to their garden. Zinnias are easy to grow from seed and bloom all summer, attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinators to your garden.

Zinnias come in all different colors, from vivid reds to pure whites. Some popular varieties include the ‘Peppermint Stick’ Zinnia, which has red and white striped petals, and the ‘Queen Red Lime’ Zinnia, which features lime green petals with bright red centers. No matter what color or shape you are looking for, there is a Zinnia variety that will suit your taste.

There are over 20 species of Zinnias cultivated today, with each species having its own unique characteristics. For example, the ‘Jazzy Mix’ Zinnia has cactus-like petals, while the ‘Zowie Yellow Flame’ Zinnia has dahlia-like flowers. Some species, like the ‘Mazurkia’ Zinnia, are known for their early blooms, making them a great choice for those looking to add color to their garden as soon as possible.

When it comes to planting Zinnias, they can be planted in rows or as individual specimens. They are also great for edging or filling in gaps in a flower bed or landscape-type arrangement. Zinnias are a popular choice for cut flower arrangements due to their long vase life and vibrant colors.

So, whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting out, consider adding Zinnias to your garden. With their wide array of colors, shapes, and sizes, there is a Zinnia variety to suit every taste and style. These beautiful flowers will brighten any garden and bring joy and wonder to all who see them.

About Zinnias

Zinnias are brilliant, sun-loving flowers that grow easily in many types of soil. They are known for their vibrant colors and are a popular choice for bouquets and adding color to the garden. Zinnias come in a wide range of colors, from bright reds and oranges to soft pinks and yellows. Some varieties, like the “California Giant” zinnias, can grow up to 3-5 feet tall!

Zinnias were cultivated and commercialized by a German master named Johann Gottfried Zinn, which is where the flower gets its name. There are many different types of zinnias available, including the Zahara series, which are known for their powdery mildew resistance and double flowered blooms.

One popular type of zinnia is the “Benary’s Giant” zinnia, which is a jazzy mix of colors including shades of red, pink, orange, and yellow. Another popular variety is the “Zahara” zinnia, which is a landscape-type zinnia that only grows to about 1-2 feet tall, making it a suitable choice for smaller gardens.

Type Description
Zahara A landscape-type zinnia that grows to about 1-2 feet tall. Has powdery mildew resistance and double flowered blooms.
Benary’s Giant A mix of vibrant colors including reds, pinks, oranges, and yellows. Can grow up to 3-5 feet tall.
California Giant A tall variety reaching heights of 3-5 feet. Comes in a variety of colors and is great for bouquets.

Zinnias are easy to grow from seeds and can be started indoors or directly sown into the ground. They prefer full sun and well-draining soil. Zinnias are known for their long blooming season, often lasting from early summer to the first frost. They are also a favorite of pollinators, attracting bees and butterflies to the garden.

Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or just starting, zinnias are a wonderful addition to any garden. Their brilliant colors and easy-growing nature make them a go-to flower for many gardeners. So why not add zest and jazzy colors to your garden with zinnias?

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.