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Growing Sanvitalia (Creeping Zinnia)

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Sanvitalia (Creeping Zinnia)
Although not actually a zinnia, the flowers of this pretty creeping plant resemble zinnias, hence the name. This is a guide about growing sanvitalia (creeping zinnia).


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March 7, 2006

Botanical Name:

Sanvitalia procumbens

Life Cycle:


Planting Time:



4" to 16"


full sun


loose, well-drained soil; fairly drought tolerant



Bloom Time:

mid summer until fall frost


yellow and orange





Suggested Use:

beds, borders, baskets, edging, and rock gardens

Growing Hints:

Sow seeds directly outdoors as soon as soil is warm or start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before your last frost date. The seeds need light to germinate so do not cover them with soil, just press them gently into the surface of the growing mix. Use individual peat pots for easy transplanting in order to avoid disturbing roots. Seedlings should be spaced 14" apart. Grows great in regions with how summers.

Interesting Facts:

The "Creeping Zinnia" nickname comes from the fact that Sanvitalia tend to "creep" along as they grow, and their flowers resemble those of zinnias.
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March 17, 2006
Q: I saw the beautiful picture of the creeping zinnia and I would love them for my garden. The problem is I can't seem to find plants or seeds anywhere on the web. Does anyone know where I can get them?

Hardiness Zone: 5b

JILLSAVES from Shavertown, PA


A: If you search the web using the terms "Sanvitalia seeds" or "Sanvitalia procumbens" you'll find a lot more resources then if you try searching for creeping zinnias. Also, in seed catalogs, creeping zinnias are sometimes listed under specialty annuals rather being grouped with traditional cut flower zinnias. Most of the larger seed companies like Burpee and Gurneys sell them.

Prices seem to vary widely so it pays shop around. From the few web sites I checked out, Stokes Seeds ( offers the convenience of being able to order different quantities of the three most popular varieties, "Yellow Carpet," "Aztec Gold" and "Mandarin Orange." Their prices also seem in line with other seed companies (maybe a bit better).

For cheap or even free seeds, I would recommend searching garden forums or seed exchanges. Most gardeners are more than willing to share their seeds or swap them for something they don't have. It's a great feeling knowing that somewhere out there, seeds from your garden are adding to the beauty of someone else's garden.


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March 17, 20060 found this helpful

you can try burpee...they have a large selection of plants and seeds.

I just checked my Burpee catalog...they have some!!

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March 23, 20060 found this helpful

Try these:


http://www.seed … com/flowbul1.htm

http://www.outs … cat=0&page=1

(look at Zinnia Crystal White & Zinnia Crystal Yellow)

Hope you find what you're lookin' for!

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