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Stands up to rain, humidity, heat, poor soil, and more

Fleuroselect Award winner 2014

The amazing Zahara series just keeps getting better. The bedding zinnia of our dreams, was introduced in 2009 and immediately became famous for its resistance to mildew and leaf spot, its nonstop blooms, and its larger flower size. This plant stands up to punishing conditions so beautifully that it was planted at the Beijing Olympics site (and boy, did it ever get noticed.) Meet Zahara® Sunburst Zinnia, the most brilliantly sunny, warmest-colored member of the family.

Zahara® Sunburst Zinnia blooms are fully 2½ inches wide, and there's more of them—they pop up all over super-compact plants, drawing bees and butterflies into the garden and absolutely wowing those hot, dry beds and water-starved containers. They're not really grown for cut flowers, but you'll find yourself picking plenty for bouquets . . . and why not? New flowers will open to replace them double-quick.

Renowned for its ability to withstand heat, humidity, drought, and just about anything else, the Zahara series is the first bedding zinnia that can truly claim to be disease resistant. Mildew is a traditional enemy of the zinnia, but Zahara's got it licked. (Or should we say "dried".) Luckily, Zahara® Sunburst Zinnia is also very long-blooming, prepared to continue well into autumn as long as the hot weather holds. What a joy.

Zahara® Sunburst Zinnia is the annual you'll want along that baking-hot driveway or cement path, crowding against the house (the walls reflect heat), and beautifying the patio (which never gets watered often enough). Just 12 to 18 inches high and wide, it can be planted a bit more closely than other bedding zinnias, again thanks to the mildew resistance. No need to worry about the foliage "touching".

Direct sow Zahara® Sunburst Zinnia Seeds when the soil has already warmed and spring is well underway. This plant will flower within 5 to 6 weeks of sowing. But if you want to get an earlier start, or if that hot April turns into a chilly May, no fear—Zahara® Sunburst Zinnia will grow vigorously all the same, and simply wait for the warm weather before blooming. Why can't all plants be this cooperative?

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Genus Zinnia
Species marylandica
Variety 'PAS951097'
Item Form Pack of 100
Bloom Start To End Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Compact
Seeds Per Pack 100
Plant Height 12 in - 18 in
Plant Width 12 in - 18 in
Bloom Size 2.5 in
Additional Characteristics Bloom First Year, Easy Care Plants, Ever Blooming, Flower, Cut-and-Come-Again, Butterfly Lovers, Free Bloomer, Award Winner, Long Bloomers, Direct Sow
Bloom Color Multi-Color, Gold, Orange, Red, Dark Yellow
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained, Dry
Resistance Heat Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Powdery Mildew, Stemphylium (Gray Leaf Spot)
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Outdoor, Border, Cut Flowers

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