Although zinnias did not become popular garden plants until late in the nineteenth century, Zinnia peruviana was grown in eighteenth-century gardens and was sold by Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon in 1804. This South American annual grows to three or four feet and produces mixed yellow and orange pastel flowers throughout the summer. It's small but attractive flowers are very different from improved hybrids now so popular.

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Typical Blooming Dates: July - November
Growth Type: Annual
Blossom Color(s): Red, Yellow
Location at Monticello: West Lawn
Planting Conditions: Full Sun