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Desert Zinnia

Zinnia acerosa

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low
Sun Full sun
Pollinators Bees, butterflies
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
1' × 1-2'
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season May-October
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range -10-0 °F
Leaf Description Thin
Fruit Short, bristly
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Elevation Range 3000-7500 ft.
Ethnobotany Plant was crushed and used as a paste on swellings or aches. Also given to children to help them learn to talk.
Description This tough little wildflower is found primarily in southeastern Arizona, but its wide elevation range makes it a good choice for gardens throughout much of the state. Desert zinnia is an extremely tough species, one of the few desert plants whose seedlings reliably establish in totally open, exposed areas. The blooms are white, and not overly showy, but this plant works well when utilized as a mass planting or mixed with other hardy wildflowers.