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Any of various plants of the genus Zinnia of the composite family, native to tropical America and widely cultivated for their showy, colorful flower heads.

[New Latin Zinnia, genus name, after Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727-1759), German botanist.]


(Plants) any annual or perennial plant of the genus Zinnia, of tropical and subtropical America, having solitary heads of brightly coloured flowers: family Asteraceae (composites)
[C18: named after J. G. Zinn (died 1759), German botanist]


(ˈzɪn i ə)

n., pl. -ni•as.
any New World composite plant of the genus Zinnia, having dense, colorful flower heads.
[1760–70; < New Latin, after J. German. Zinn (1727–59), German botanist; see -ia]
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Noun1.zinnia - any of various plants of the genus Zinnia cultivated for their variously and brightly colored flower headszinnia - any of various plants of the genus Zinnia cultivated for their variously and brightly colored flower heads
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Zinnia - genus of annual or perennial plants of tropical America having solitary heads of brightly colored flowers
white zinnia, Zinnia acerosa - subshrub with slender woolly stems and long narrow leaves and flower heads with white rays; southern United States and northern Mexico
little golden zinnia, Zinnia grandiflora - subshrub having short leafy stems and numerous small flower heads with nearly round yellow-orange rays; Arizona south to Mexico and east to Kansas


[ˈzɪnɪə] Nrascamoño m, zinnia f


nZinnie f
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Then there are to be eschscholtzias, dahlias, sunflowers, zinnias, scabiosa, portulaca, yellow violas, yellow stocks, yellow sweet-peas, yellow lupins--everything that is yellow or that has a yellow variety.
The zinnias will produce bold, bursts of color, while the marigolds will bloom all summer long, and the sunflowers will make seeds that can be roasted for a tasty treat.
Zinnias took over the number two slot among flowers, replacing marigolds which this year slipped to third.
On our way home from the Jersey shore, we bought bushels of peaches and tomatoes and big bunches of gladiolas and zinnias for the fun of abundance and having enough to share with our suburban neighbors.
Fill a couple of baskets with blueberries and, while you're at it, snip some cosmos, zinnias, and gladiolus for the table.
In some gardens only the most lively and vivid oranges, reds and golds - those of sun-Oowers, French and African marigolds and zinnias - are allowed to mix with vegetables.
For people with limited space, product lines such as the Garden-in-a-Bag and Garden-in-a-Pail bring everything from zinnias and sunflowers to clovers and sage to a kitchen or outside stoop.
For example, in a recent experiment with zinnias, the scientists delivered silicon in irrigation water given to plants growing in potting mixes; they added silicon to the hydroponic solution in which other plants were growing.
A few weeks ago, I was noticing everything orange -- including lantana, marigolds, `Stella d'Oro' daylilies, marmalade bush (Streptosolen jamesonii), wallflower (Erysimum cheiri), `Judy Garland' roses, `New Guinea' impatiens, and `Profusion' zinnias.
Some of butterflies' favorite plants are: scabiosa, butterfly weed, milkweed, cosmos, zinnias, bee balm, coneflower, black-eyed Susan, daisies, catmint, violets, and sedum.
As a kid, I knew summer was almost over when my sandals felt too tight--and when the bold orange zinnias in my mom's garden looked sun-faded.
Replant marigolds and zinnias in midsummer to insure good flower production throughout the fall.