Harvested from the gardens at Monticello.
Although zinnias did not become popular garden plants until late in the 19th century, Peruvian Zinnias were grown in 18th-century gardens and were sold by Philadelphia nurseryman Bernard McMahon in 1804. This South American annual produces flowers in shades of red and yellow throughout the summer. The small but attractive flowers are perfect for cutting and are very different from the improved hybrids now so popular.
Sow seeds indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost date at 70 degrees F. Transplant to 6-packs or small pots once they have several true leaves, then harden off and plant outdoors after the last frost. Zinnias can also be sown directly outdoors after the last spring frost. Approximately 25-30 seeds per packet.
|| Size at Maturity
| Full Sun
|| 12-18” apart
|| Tender Annual
Line Drawing from New Britton and Brown Illustrated Flora
by H. A. Gleason (1958).