zin·​nia | \ ˈzi-nē-ə How to pronounce zinnia (audio) , ˈzē-; ˈzi-nyə, ˈzē- How to pronounce zinnia (audio) \

Definition of zinnia

: any of a genus (Zinnia) of tropical American composite herbs and low shrubs that have showy flower heads with long-lasting ray flowers

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Plant a zinnia in a balcony container, and a butterfly will show up. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "Learning to live with — even enjoy — insects in the garden," 7 Aug. 2019 Japanese beetle adults feed on more than 300 plant varieties, with a preference for plants like linden, elm, rose, raspberry, grape, viburnum, zinnia and Japanese maple. Tim Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "It’s Japanese beetle season. Here’s how to protect your plants from these voracious pests.," 26 July 2019 But for now, the astronauts can come together to marvel at those zinnias growing far from home. Sarah Lewin, Scientific American, "A Garden Grows in Space: First Zinnias Bloom, to an Astronaut's Delight," 20 Jan. 2016 What started with grass, fill dirt and an antique bell has blossomed into a beautiful garden bursting with a rainbow of colors from species such as daylilies, wisteria, zinnia, purple coneflower, lavender and popcorn plant. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Town overcame senseless tragedy. Now, it's vying to be the nation's nicest place," 9 July 2019 The most popular nectar sources are mist flower, zinnias, porter weed, and milkweed. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Purple martins are on the move," 5 July 2019 The series will continue on Saturday, July 13, and include zinnias, cosmos, ornamental culinary herbs, lace flower, love-in-the-mist, balloon flower and baptista. courant.com, "Community News For The Windsor Locks Edition," 2 July 2019 Afterward, the newlyweds meandered through a sea of pink, white, yellow and orange zinnias as the sun went down. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "‘Super easy’: Couples can officiate their own wedding in the District," 27 June 2019 Pentas, lantana, verbena, zinnia, salvias (many different species and cultivars), Mexican butterfly weed (Asclepias curassavica) and buddleia are excellent flowering plants to attract butterflies into your garden this summer. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "Plant for the butterflies and other garden tips for early May," 5 May 2019

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First Known Use of zinnia

1767, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zinnia

New Latin, from Johann G. Zinn †1759 German botanist

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English Language Learners Definition of zinnia

: a plant that is grown in gardens for its brightly colored flowers


zin·​nia | \ ˈzi-nē-ə How to pronounce zinnia (audio) , ˈzin-yə\

Kids Definition of zinnia

: a garden plant grown for its long-lasting colorful flowers

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