Zinnias are native to Central America and Mexico, and some native peoples found zinnias as far north as Colorado! Because they are native to scrub and dry grassland, they are drought tolerant and grow well in full sun. They were known to the Aztecs as “hard on the eyes” for their bold colors.
They are a member of the Asteraceae family, which includes asters, daisies, and sunflowers. Pollinators love these showy flowers, we often find bumble bees hiding under the flower heads sleeping in the morning. The array of colors that Zinnias come in make this flower one our favorite cut flowers.
Zinnia is a symbol of endurance and long-lasting friendship because it blooms from mid-summer all the way until frost.