Zinnia acerosa - Desert Zinnia Zinnia acerosa, flowers and foliage
Common Name Dwarf white zinnia, Desert zinnia, Spinyleaf zinnia, Wild zinnia, White flowered bush zinnia
Latin Name Zinnia acerosa
Native Habitat Deserts and grasslands between 2,500 and 5,000 feet in the Sonoran and Chihuahuan Deserts
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water None to once per month
Height X Width Maximum 6 inches X 18 inches, usual 3 inches X 1 foot
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Evergreen, sometimes grey-green
Garden Suitability Sonoran, Thornless, Butterfly
Ornamental Value White flowers after rains
Nature Value Butterflies and bees use flowers
Native American Uses None known
Links  
    Images and data http://www.fireflyforest.com/flowers/whites/white03.html
    Images and data http://www.desert-tropicals.com/Plants/Asteraceae/Zinnia_acerosa.html
    Images and data http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=ZIAC
    Images and data http://www.delange.org/ZinniaDesert/ZinniaDesert.htm
    Images and data http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/53451/index.html
    Images and data http://wc.pima.edu/~bfiero/tucsonecology/plants/shrubs_dezi.htm
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ZIAC
    Seed  http://www.graniteseed.com/seeds/seed.php?id=Zinnia_acerosa
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