- Commonly known as the Zinnia, this flower is a delight for gardens and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Read on to learn more about this garden beauty:
- Named after the German botanist Johann Gottfriend Zinn (1727–59), the original zinnias came from Mexico.
- They were considered so ugly that the Spanish called Youth and Old Age, mal de ojos, or ”sickness of the eye.” In the 18th century Spanish explorers brought these “eyesores” back to Europe.
- Butterflies and hummingbirds love Zinnias, and are often featured in outdoor gardens.
- Zinnias are not a poisonous plant and are safe for gardens frequented by children and pets. However, they are not a culinary flower, and are not used as food garnishes, etc.