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Youth And Old Age

Zinnia elegans

Also known as

Common Zinnia, Elegant Zinnia, Garden Zinnia, Youth-And-Age, Zinnia, Youth and old age

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Youth And Old Age Overview

Zinnias provide a vibrant display for a summer garden. A wide variety of sizes and colours are available. The flowers are very long-lasting and tolerant of hot dry weather. They will be standing tall when other plants are wilting. Dead-heading the flowers will ensure a continuous display.

Common problems with Youth And Old Age

Black spot, rust, and powdery mildew. To avoid these, keep foliage dry and soil moist. Zinnias planted too closely together in humid weather are more susceptible to these diseases.

Youth And Old Age Companion Plants

Their ability to attract hummingbirds is also seen as useful as a defense against whiteflies, and therefore zinnias are a desirable companion plant, benefiting plants that are inter-cropped with it.

How to harvest Youth And Old Age

Zinnias make excellent cut-flowers. Pick late afternoon or evening for the vase. Reserve dried flower heads for seeds.

How to propagate Youth And Old Age


Collect dry flower heads. Gently remove seeds and store until the next season. After the last frost, sow directly into sunny garden beds.

Special features of Youth And Old Age

Attracts useful insects

Butterflies and bees are attracted to the flowers.

Pot plant

Small dwarf varieties do well in pots.

Drought resistant

Can tolerate dry conditions.

Other uses of Youth And Old Age

Border, cutting bed, container. Attracts humming birds in suitable geographical locations.


Zinnias are popular garden plants with hundreds of cultivars in many flower colours, sizes and forms.

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