Different Zinnia Varieties
Like many types of flowers there are many different types, colors and shapes of zinnia flowers. The heads of these flowers may be single, semi-double or double.
The petals themselves also come in a variety of shapes such as globe, dahlia or cactus. These flowers may also range in height from 6 inches to several feet tall.
Zinnias are annuals, which means they need to be planted every year. Native to North and South America these annuals prefer full sunlight and well-drained soil and grow best in zones 3 to 10.
Here is a look at some of the different varieties or types of zinnias.
17 Different Types of Zinnia Flowers
#1. Benary’s Giant
These zinnias are both large and spectacularly beautiful. These flowers grow on sturdy stems that are between 4 and 6 inches in diameters with double blooms that resemble dahlias. They reach maturity in 75 to 90 days and grow to a height of 40 to 50 inches tall.
Benary’s giants come in a wide variety of colors including; pink, carmine rose, purple, lime, coral wine, salmon pink, gold, pale yellow, orange, scarlet and white. The lime Benary’s giant is a special favorite for people looking for more unique flower colors.
#2. Queen Series
The Queen series of Zinnias can run from a dusty rose to eggplant color with lime undertones. Colors in this series include Queen Lime, Lime blush, Lime orange and lime peach.
These flowers are not as brightly colored as many zinnias. They are medium sized and have a tendency for double blooms. The queen series can grow up to 30 to 40 inches tall.
#3. Double Zahara (Cherry)
The double Zahara zinnias are shorter flowers that grow well both in gardens and containers. These flowers grow to 14 inches tall at full maturity with bright green leaves.
The flower heads are about 2 ½ inches in diameter and come in a variety of colors including fire, bright orange, raspberry ripple, salmon, white and yellow.
#4. Uproar Rose
The uproar rose zinnias are huge stunning flowers whose flower heads grow 4 to 5 inches across and 30 to 35 inches tall. These zinnias like many other varieties mature in 75 to 85 days with giant colored blooms.
These flowers make great cut flowers and have a long growing season. They are great flowers for beds, borders and containers and are highly attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds.
#5. Oklahoma Mix
The Oklahoma mix zinnias come in a wide variety of color choices including white, scarlet, salmon, golden carmine and pink.
These flowers grow from 30 to 40 inches tall with semi-double or double headed petals. The flower heads grow from 1 ½ to 2 inches in diameter and may take 75 to 90 days to mature.
#6. Cactus Flower Mix
The cactus flower mix zinnias are so named because the petals of these flowers are quilled. These petals come to a point rather than being more rounded and have curled or twisting appearance.
The flower heads run from between 3 to 6 inches in diameter and come in a variety of shades including orange, red, yellow, white, peach or various shades of pink.
These zinnias stand 28 to 40 inches tall and look beautiful in your garden and make wonderful cut flowers.
#7. Yellow Flame (AKA Zowie Yellow Flame)
The yellow flame zinnia has semi-double blooms that are bright colored reddish magenta center with yellow tips. These flowers grow 2 feet tall and wide which makes them excellent for container as well as garden flowers.
These flowers are brightly colored and resemble a campfire in color.
#8. Peppermint Stick
Peppermint stick zinnias are so named because the petals of this flower remind one of a peppermint stick.
The petals of these flowers are either cream colored or golden and are streaked or splotched with rose, yellow, scarlet, carmine and purple, which give the appearance of a peppermint, sticks.
The flower heads are 2 inches in diameter and grow to 2 to 3 feet tall. These flowers look great in either your garden or when grown in a container.
#9. Polar Bear Zinnias
Polar bear zinnias are an heirloom variety of zinnia, which features snowy white double petals.
The heads of these flowers are about 4 inches in diameter and at maturity the flowers themselves grow to be between 3 and 3 ½ feet tall. They make excellent cut flowers.
#10. Profusion Red and Yellow Bi-Colored Zinnias
The Profusion red and yellow bi-color zinnia is a stunningly beautiful flower. The petals of this flower form a red ringed center with gold colored tips. The bright colored centers fade to a dusty pink or apricot color as the flowers age.
These flowers grow to be 8 to 14 inches high with the flower heads growing up to 2 ½ inches in diameter. They are highly resistant to disease and look great grown in a garden, along a walkway or in a container.
#11. Swizzle Series
The swizzle series of zinnias comes in two distinct patterns. One pattern is called cherry and ivory with these flower heads having ivory tips with a cherry colored center ring.
The second pattern is scarlet and yellow. These flowers have scarlet center rings with yellow tips. They also have large double heads and grow about 10 inches high making them great container flowers as well as colorful flowers for your garden.
The zinderella zinnia is somewhat unique among zinnias as they have short fluffy centers that resemble pincushion flowers.
These flowers have dark purple eyes (most zinnias have yellow eyes) with short fluffy florets with longer and larger petals making up the skirt of the bloom. Some Zinderellas have only a single row of petals.
These flowers stand about 25 to 32 inches tall.
Other Varieties of Zinnia Flowers
Other varieties of zinnias include Jazzy mix that comes in several color varieties and whose heads are 1 to 2 inches in diameter.
#13. Isabellina which stands 2 ½ to 4 feet tall with strong stems and butter colored blooms.
#14. Holi Scarlet which features 3-inch diameter scarlet heads and stands only 6 to 9 inches tall with bright green foliage.
#15. Mazurkia that features ruby or cherry red petals with white tips whose heads are 3 inches in diameters. These flowers stand 30 inches tall.
#16. Sunbow Mix that features 1 to 2 inch blooms in a variety of colors with strong thin stems. These zinnias grow 24 to 30 inches tall.
#17. Magellan Coral which is another hybrid zinnia whose flower heads are coral colored and tend to run 5 to 6 inches in diameter. They grow to 15 to 17 inches tall making them excellent container plants as well as great plants for your flower garden.
Final Thoughts on the Different Types of Zinnias
No matter what type of zinnia you are looking for, there is sure to be at least one variety that is catches your eye and will enhance your garden.