Desert Zinnia

Zinnia grandiflora

Plant Details:

Plant Type: Perennial
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Plant Description: Small, low-growing perennial native to the southwestern United States in some of the most inhospitable locations. Abundant, long-blooming golden-yellow flowers make this an attractive plant for any water-wise landscape. Comes out of dormancy in summer, so be patient. Prefers full sun and well-drained soil.


Maintenance Type: Perennial - Herbaceous
Plant Care: Perennial - Herbaceous (soft-stemmed plants that die back in winter and regrow in spring): Remove spent blooms to promote rebloom later. Some plants tend to flop over after the first bloom and attempt to regrow from the base; in these cases, the old stems can be cut away in summer. As plants become dormant in the fall, remove dead leaves and stems.

Plant Attributes:

Mature Size: 4" tall x 15" wide
Utah Native: No
Plant Select: No
Pollinator Friendly: Yes
Localscapes: Infill Plant, Park Strip Plant
Foliage Interest: No
Foliage Colors: Green
Bloom Colors: Yellow
Bloom Seasons: Fall, Late Summer, Summer
Bloom Period: Jun - Sep

Growing Conditions:

Hardiness Zone: 4 to 9
Light Requirement: Full Sun (6+ hrs sun)
Irrigation Requirement:     Very Low (Water to Establish)
Salt Tolerant: Unknown
Deer Resistant: Yes

Garden Location:

  • Neighborhood Landscapes
    • A Desert with Altitude
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter