zinnia

noun
zin·​nia | \ˈzi-nē-ə, ˈzē-;ˈzi-nyə, ˈzē- \

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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To attract bees and other pollinators, Saska recommends choosing flowers with a composite shape, like zinnias, cosmos, daisies, sunflowers, and purple coneflower. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "Why You Should Always Plant Flowers in Your Vegetable Patch," 15 Aug. 2018 Then sit back and watch your zinnia patch mature and flourish. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Bright, Beautiful Zinnias," 13 Aug. 2018 Plant some giant zinnias, which can reach up to 4 feet tall. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Bright, Beautiful Zinnias," 13 Aug. 2018 In many situations deer pass up zinnias and snapdragons. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "The deer-proof plants you should plant this spring," 11 May 2018 Then sit back and watch your zinnia patch mature and flourish. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Bright, Beautiful Zinnias," 3 Mar. 2017 In the flower garden, direct-seed sunflowers, cosmos, salvia, zinnias, marigolds, celosia and asters. Debbie Arrington, sacbee, "Want summer veggies? Get to work | The Sacramento Bee," 5 May 2018 Examples of top re-seeders: hollyhock, marigold, calendula, and zinnia. Kier Holmes, Sunset, "10 Ways to Be a Frugal Gardener," 22 Jan. 2018 California Giant and Cactus zinnias also make good cut flowers and nectar sources. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "What to plant now for serious garden color," 30 Mar. 2018

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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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zinnia

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zinnia

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

zinnia

noun
zin·​nia | \ˈzi-nē-ə, ˈzin-yə\

Kids Definition of zinnia

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

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