Creeping Zinnia
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Creeping Zinnia
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Creeping Zinnia
Botanical name: Sanvitalia procumbens    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Sanvitalia acinifolia, Sanvitalia villosa

Creeping zinnia is a mat-forming annual that typically grows to 6 inches tall but spreads by creeping stems to 12-18 inches wide or more.Blooms with 1.8-2 cm across miniature sunflower-like flowers with yellow to orange-yellow rays and dark purplish-brown center disks. Varieties come in single- and double-flowered forms. Creeping stems are clad with oval, medium green, zinnia-like leaves (up to 2 inches long), hence the common name. Creeping Zinnia is native to Mexico, Guatemala.

Identification credit: Tassaduq Mueen
Photographed in Botanical Garden below Chashme Shahi, Kashmir.
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