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Zinnia anomala

Zinnia anomala A. Gray

Shortray Zinnia

Asteraceae (Aster Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The genus Zinnia was named by Linneas in honor of Johann Gottfried Zinn. Zinn was a German anatomist, ophthalmologist, and botanist born in 1727 and died in 1759 (in Germany). He was extraordinary professor of medicine and director of the botanical gardens in the university town of Gottingen. He was one of the first to render an accurate description of the eyeball and he investigated the vessels and nerves of the eye cavity. He collected seeds of Z. elegans (from which the garden zinnia descends) in Mexico. There he was accosted by bandits who, after searching his bag, left him alone, believing him crazy and therefore unlucky.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov



Additional resources

USDA: Find Zinnia anomala in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Zinnia anomala in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Zinnia anomala


Record Modified: 2017-08-31
Research By: TWC Staff

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