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Did you know that Zinnia is a genus of the family Asteraceae? It is native to the scrub and dry grassland area of the North America, which extends to South America, with a center of diversity in Mexico. The genus name honors the German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn.
Zinnia ranges in height from 4” to 40”, and it is a popular garden flower because of its beautiful variety of flower colors and shapes. Its selective breeding started in the 19th century, and it now has over 100 cultivars.
Zinnia flowers and leaves are used by many southwestern Native Americans as medicinal and ritual herbs, and it is considered one of the sacred Life Medicines of the Navajo tribe. To some Pueblo tribes Zinnia is a symbol of wisdom. It has also been used to make bright colors for dyes and paints.