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Zinnia Zinnia elegans
Butterfly Nectar Plant

Orange Zinnia without tre flowers. This zinnia will not feed butterflies yet.

Although bright orange, this 'flower' cannot feed
butterflies until the center flowers open.
Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) drinks nectar from zinnia flowers.

A Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) drinks nectar
from the true flowers of a Zinnia bloom.
Tattered zinnia is still a good nectar source for this Gulf Fritillary (Agraulis vanillae) butterfly.

A tattered zinnia highlights the true 'flower' ...
the yellow flowers in the middle of the 'flower'.

Botanical Name: Zinnia Elegans

Common Names: Zinnia

Flower - Bloom color: Any and every!

Plant type: Annual

Light: Full Sun

Size: Depends upon species; 6" to 4'

Water: Average

Soil: Average to rich

Propagation: seed

Note: The true 'flowers' are tiny yellow flowers in the middle of the 'bloom'. The colored 'petals' are actually naturally colored and modified leaf bracts. Special attractant for these species of butterflies: Gulf Fritillary and Swallowtails

Notes: Highly recommended as a nectar plant