Ornamental flower that butterflies like to eat.

The zinnia is an interesting flower to brighten up the garden. There are several varieties of this flower, there are more than twenty of them and they differ both in the size of the stem (which can be short or tall in the case of the giant zinnia) and in the color of the petals, which range from orange to red, lilac and creamy white, with also particularly ornamental bicolor cultivars. The leaves are lanceolate and dark green. As a flower, it is decidedly simple to cultivate, being a very hardy plant, of the Asteraceae family. Depending on the variety, it can be an annual or perennial plant.

climate and irrigation. This flower loves heat and sunny places, with good ventilation, while it fears the cold. The need for water is reduced and stagnation of water, vector of fungal diseases, must be avoided; it is a plant that should only be watered when the soil is particularly arid. It grows well in soils rich in humus and organic substances, not acidic.

Sow. Zinnia can be sown in beds in March and transplanted the following month. The distance between the seedlings depends on the varieties: the dwarf zinnia wants a space of 20 cm between the plants, for the giant zinnia you can double the size. Knowing the size of the plant is helpful in minimizing gaps, thus forming more beautiful flower beds.

Bloom. The colorful flowers of the zinnia begin to appear in June and then remain until the arrival of autumn itself. Zinnia flowers are odorless.

Cultivated . It is a flower that requires little: a few weeds and rare watering are enough for the development of the zinnia. It can be pruned to promote flowering by containing the leaves and removing spent flowers.

Because in the garden. The zinnia is a very comfortable flower to grow because it is undemanding and hardy. Its colors make it an excellent ornamental plant, both in garden beds and in pots on the balcony. In the garden, in addition to the aesthetic function of enlivening with its colors and creating an atmosphere of blooming nature, it is excellent because it attracts pollinating insects. Butterflies are also very fond of this flower, and they will soon come if you plant it.

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