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Star Orange Zinnia
Zinnia angustifolia 'Star Orange'
Star Orange Zinnia flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 14 inches
Spacing: 6 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Star Orange Zinnia is bathed in stunning orange daisy flowers with gold eyes at the ends of the stems from late spring to late summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its narrow leaves remain emerald green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Star Orange Zinnia is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Star Orange Zinnia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
Planting & Growing
Star Orange Zinnia will grow to be about 14 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. This fast-growing annual will normally live for one full growing season, needing replacement the following year.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selection of a native North American species.
Star Orange Zinnia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.