Zinnia 'Sombrero' is a vibrant bloomer that will captivate both you and your local pollinators. Enjoy monarchs, swallowtails, painted ladies, and a wide array of other butterflies taking nectar from this Zinnia. The interior of the blooms radiate with yellow disc flowers that contrast with the pink and red of the outer ray flowers. As the ray flowers extend outward, the pink blends to red, then orange, and then yellow. In our garden in San Ramon, California this Zinnia appears to be resistant to powdery mildew which is great news. This is a great zinnia for any butterfly or pollinator garden.
- Latin name: Zinnia elegans 'Sombrero'
- Quantity of seeds per packet: 50
- Butterfly nectar plant
- Bi-color flowers that are pink, red, orange, and yellow
- Summer annual
- 18”- 30” tall
- Blooms from June until first frost
- Can be grown in USDA zones 3 - 11
Growing Instructions: Start Zinnia seeds outdoors in the spring after the danger of nighttime freezing has past. Pick a location with full sun and prepare soil for good drainage, if needed. Plant seeds 1/4" deep and 24” apart, using 3 seeds per hole. Keep the soil evenly moist until the seeds germinate in 8 - 10 days. Once the seedlings reach 2", thin out so you have individual plants spaced 24” apart. Water regularly allowing the soil to go nearly dry between each watering. Fertilize monthly in the summer with a general purpose fertilizer. Deadhead regularly for continuous summer and fall blooms. To get a head start, seeds can be planted indoors in the late winter. Transplant outdoors after the danger of nighttime freezing has past.