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How to Grow and Care for Creeping Zinnia Plants

Sanvitalia procumbens

This is an annual plant or it is commonly grown as an annualThis plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayThis plant requires or will tolerate shade during the heat of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringWhite flowering plantYellow flowering plantorange flowering plantA photograph of Sanvitalia procumbens is availableHow to Use the Plant Care Icons at The Garden Helper


Creeping Zinnias are low growing (6"-8") spreading, annual groundcover plants that are excellent for borders or rock gardens.
They can also be grown in planters or hanging baskets.
Sanvitalia produce hundreds of dark centered, bright yellow, ¾"-1" flowers beginning in early summer and lasting until the first frosts of fall.

Growing Requirements for Creeping Zinnia Plants

Creeping Zinnia should be grown in full sun or in light shade in hot regions.
They should be planted in rich, well draining soil.
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Fertilize them monthly during the growing season, with an all purpose water-soluble fertilizer.
Creeping Zinnias are very heat and drought tolerant. They resent being over-watered.

Growing Creeping Zinnias from Seed

Ideally, Creeping Zinnia seeds should be sown directly where they will grow in the garden after all danger of frost has passed.
This is to avoid having to transplant them, which they resent.

Seeds may be started indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost, but care is required when transplanting into the garden.
Maintain a temperature of 70° within the growing medium for germination in 10-15 days.
Sanvitalia seeds require light for germination, so do not cover them!
Creeping Zinnia
Sanvitalia procumbens
A Creeping Zinnia Plant in Bloom, Sanvitalia procumbens