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In bloom at Botanica: Zahara zinnia

Botanical name: Zinnia marylandica "Zahara Yellow"

Location: Martha Parriott Terrace Garden, Stewart Evaluation Garden

Description: This new zinnia introduction features 2-inch yellow flowers with strong, bold color. This super-tough annual has a full, bushy growth habit and blooms generously from early to late summer. Reaches a mature height and spread of 12 to 18 inches. Also available in five other colors, as well as a mix.

Growth tips: Thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. It is drought, heat and disease tolerant and is a great performer in water-restricted areas.

Fact: It is such an outstanding performer that it was chosen for use at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Uses: Creates a dramatic impact in borders and containers. A good specimen for xeriscape gardens. Attracts butterflies and bees.

Also blooming: Roses, wildflowers, hydrangeas, daylilies, water lilies, annuals and perennials.

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