Definition of zinnia in English:



  • An American plant of the daisy family, which is widely cultivated for its bright showy flowers.

    Genus Zinnia, family Compositae

    • ‘Warm-season annuals such as marigolds, impatiens and zinnias are adapted to bloom even during the hottest weather.’
    • ‘Annuals with good deer resistance include ageratum, ice plant, pincushion flower, verbena and zinnias.’
    • ‘If you're really fond of vibrant colours in your garden, none dazzle brighter than zinnias.’
    • ‘But then I put in a few rows of zinnias to sell at a farmers' market, and was surprised at how well they sold.’
    • ‘It's not too late to plant more bush beans, summer squash, melons, peppers, eggplants, marigolds, zinnias, gomphrena, rudbeckia, coleus and caladiums.’
    • ‘A brand new cutting garden will contain an assortment of dahlias, zinnias and petunias.’
    • ‘Cosmos and zinnias are good choices too; they're great for cutting, and the old-fashioned annuals attract beneficial insects.’
    • ‘Sometimes I mix a few of the flowers with marigolds and zinnias for a late summertime dinner table bouquet.’
    • ‘Sunflowers, zinnias, cosmos, chrysanthemums, even roses all bloom in the fall and make terrific bouquets.’
    • ‘Sow annual flowers such as asters, cosmos, zinnias and marigolds as soon as the frost has passed and the air begins to warm up.’
    • ‘A black and green garden collection of 96 plants costs £120 and includes dark dahlias, cosmos, perilla and scabiosa and green euphorbias, gladiolus and zinnia.’
    • ‘Sow frost-tender annuals, such as sunflowers. zinnias and cosmos, when all danger of frost is past, night temperatures are in the 50s and days are warm.’
    • ‘Annuals and perennials such as snapdragons, daisies, zinnias, and, of course, peonies and roses are old favorites.’
    • ‘She grows low or trailing annuals like alyssum, lobelias, and petunias along the edges of the beds, with taller cosmos, poppies, and zinnias behind.’
    • ‘On the opposite side of the pathway, zinnias and shorter varieties of sunflowers - great for cutting - grow in an informal row.’
    • ‘To carry the container plantings through the last remaining warm days, replant them with late-summer annuals such as cosmos, marigolds, salvias, or zinnias.’
    • ‘The color scheme is rich yellow and dark red, from plants such as coreopsis, creeping zinnia, ‘Garnet’ penstemon, pineapple sage, rudbeckia, and yarrow.’
    • ‘This day we had frost, and the zinnias, dahlias, and blue ageratum died.’
    • ‘Goldfinches also feed on the seed of goldenrod, coreopsis, cosmos, zinnias, dandelions and other weedy plants.’
    • ‘Reserve some space for colorful annuals like zinnia, marigold, calendula, alyssum, and cosmos.’


Modern Latin, named after Johann G. Zinn (1727–59), German physician and botanist.