(Zinnia elegans var. ‘Canary Bird’)
Canary Bird Zinnia is an annual flower that is native to Mexico but can be found growing in the southern and eastern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 2-3' and features hairy upright branching stems, 5” lance-shaped green leaves, and 4-5” bright yellow dahlia-type flowers. This plant can be grown in a container, attracts bees, butterflies, earwigs, and hummingbirds, is resistant to deer, tolerates drought, self sows, and is great as a cut flower!
Variety: Canary Bird Zinnia
Native to: Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua.
Introduced into: Andaman Is., Assam, Austria, Baleares, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Chad, Colombia, Connecticut, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, East Himalaya, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Florida, France, Georgia, Germany, Gilbert Is., Haiti, Hungary, India, Italy, Jawa, Kazakhstan, Kentucky, Kenya, Korea, Krym, Louisiana, Malawi, Marianas, Mauritius, Myanmar, Nepal, New York, Niue, North Carolina, Ohio, Panamá, Pennsylvania, Peru, Phoenix Is., Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Queensland, Romania, Réunion, Samoa, Sardegna, Sicilia, Sierra Leone, Society Is., South Carolina, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tadzhikistan, Texas, Thailand, Transcaucasus, Tubuai Is., Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Zimbabwe.
Ease of Growing: Easy
Grown as: Annual
Maturity (Bloom): Spring to Fall
Start Indoors: Yes
Start Outdoors: Yes
Light: Sun. Zinnias require full sun. They thrive in hot areas as long as they get enough moisture.
Water: Zinnias need to be watered if there is less than an inch of rain each week, sooner if they appear to be wilting.
Feeder: They like rich soil and appreciate a slow-release fertilizer in the spring when they are planted and a booster shot of fertilizer in mid- to late simmer.
Attracts beneficial insects?: Yes. Butterflies, Bees, hummingbirds.
Sow Depth: 1/4”
Produces: hairy upright branching stems, 5” lance-shaped green leaves, and 4-5” bright yellow dahlia-type flowers.
USDA Grow Zone: 3a-9b
Soil pH: 6.0-6.5 Zinnia prefers a fertile, humus-rich soil that drains well.
Compost (Nitrogen), 2", in top 6" of soil, 1 time: Apply 2" of compost as a mulch to help suppress weeds and provide nutrients.
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Beans: Kentucky Wonder Pole (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Beans: Lazy Housewife Pole (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Bean: Royalty Purple Pod Green (Heirloom) (Phaseolus vulgaris)
Corn: Country Gentleman-Open Pollinated (Heirloom) (Zea mays)
Corn: Golden Bantam-Open Pollinated (Heirloom) (Zea mays)
Corn, Popcorn: Shaman's Blue (Hybrid) Open Pollinated (Zea mays)
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Cucumber: Lemon (Heirloom) (Cucumis sativus)
Cucumber: Marketmore 76' (Heirloom) (Cucumis sativus)
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