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Creeping Zinnia Ground Cover: Growing Creeping Zinnia Plants
By Susan Patterson, Master Gardener
Gardeners delight in easy to care for and beautiful ground covers that they can just plug in and let go. Creeping zinnia is one of these garden favorites. Find out more about the plant in this article.
How to Grow Zinnia angustifolia Plants in your Garden
More commonly known as the Creeping zinnia, Zinnia angustifolia can either be an annual or perrenial plant and is naturally a native of Mexico.
This makes it favored by many people who have only a little time to garden and/or are living in dry areas.
The stems and herbal growth are fairly rough but still quite attractive, and the plant carries pretty dasiy like flowers
It is a great plant to grow in a butterfly or wild flower garden
Zinnia angustifolia 'Yellow Star' photograph by K M.
In-depth Facts and Growing Guide
Zinnia angustifolia, better known as Creeping zinnia, is an annual from the family Asteraceae (Compositae). It is therefore related to the Daisy, Sunflower, and Aster plants.
Other common names for this easy to grow plant include the Narrow-leaf Zinnia and Mexican Zinnia. These zinnias help to provide plenty of summer colours to a garden.
The plant is native to the south-eastern United States and Mexico, and is hardy in USDA Zones 2-11.
Zinnia angustifolia typicallu reaches a height of 8-16 inches (20 to 40 cm), and spreads up to about a foot (30 cm). Some cultivars are a little bigger.
Zinnia carries branching stems and smooth, thin-leaved foliage.
These summer staples are compact and bushy. Bright orange, yellow, white, red, and pink blooms fill the garden from early summer through to the frost.
They are a great wild garden plant as their Daisy-like blooms attract butterflies and other pollinators. These low-maintenance plants also make an excellent ground cover.
Zinnia angustifolia plants can look beautiful when planted enmasse in a pollinator garden and can also be used to make a statement when grown along a border or around a patio.
Grow them in containers or hanging baskets, or line a walkway with them. Many gardeners also enjoy growing them as part of a cutting garden for bright, beautiful bouquets.
Growing Zinnias From Seeds
Growing zinnias from seed might be one of the easiest gardening tasks of the year. Where spring warms up early, wait until the last frost has passed before directly sowing zinnia seeds outside. Plant the seeds only about ¼-inch deep. You'll see seedlings sprout in four to seven days. Once the seedlings reach about three inches tall, thin them so that they're 6 to 18 inches apart to maximize air circulation, a key to keeping zinnias looking good all season.
In cooler climates, start seeds indoors four to six weeks before your area's average last-frost date. Harden off the plants by vacationing trays outside for a few hours per day before planting them in your garden.
If you buy zinnia plants at the garden center that have already reached the size at which flowers bloom, ease the transition to your garden by pruning the plants back by one-third. Then sit back and watch your zinnia patch mature and flourish.