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zinnia

zinnia, any species of the genus Zinnia of the family Asteraceae (aster family), native chiefly to Mexico, though some range as far north as Colorado and as far south as Guatemala. The common zinnia of gardens (Z. elegans), called also youth-and-old-age, is a rather coarse, easily cultivated annual, popular as a cut flower for its warm colors—ranging from white and yellow to red and purple—and for its bold, stiff aspect. There are various forms in cultivation, including dwarfed, curled, and double varieties. The zinnia is the state flower of Indiana. Zinnias are classified in the division Magnoliophyta, class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.

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zinnia Genus of chiefly annual plants native to North and South America. Most garden zinnias are varieties of Zinnia elegans, which has flower heads of all colours but blue and green. Height: to 91cm (3ft). Family Compositae.

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zinnia

zin·ni·a / ˈzinēə/ • n. an American plant (genus Zinnia) of the daisy family, widely cultivated for its bright showy flowers.

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zinnia

zinnia plant of the genus Zinnia. XVIII. — modL., f. name of J. G. Zinn, German botanist; see -IA1.

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