Growing Sanvitalia (Creeping Zinnia)

Botanical Name:

Sanvitalia procumbens

Life Cycle:

annual

Planting Time:

spring

Height:

4" to 16"

Exposure:

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full sun

Soil:

loose, well-drained soil; fairly drought tolerant

Hardiness:

n/a

Bloom Time:

mid summer until fall frost

Flower:

yellow and orange

Foliage:

green

Propagation:

seeds

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.

March 11, 20060 found this helpful

I think these flowers are so.....beautiful. I love Zinnia's and because these look similar to them I think they would be an asset to my garden.

There is only one problem, I can't find creeping zinnia plants or seeds anywhere on the web.

Do you have any idea where to get them?

Thank you for your time.

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June 16, 20060 found this helpful

I found two types of creeping zinna (sanvitalia procumbens) at Stokes seeds online: www.stokeseeds.com, and then by doing a keyword search for sanvitalia on their homepage. The catalogue numbers for the two types are 1281 and 1282. I started my sanvitalia from seed directly in my garden, and they seem really easy to grow. Good luck!

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