August 16, 2017

Creeping Sunshine

Sanvitalia procumbens - Creeping zinnia

Janine Pineo Photo | Sanvitalia procumbens – Creeping zinnia

Sanvitalia procumbens is one of a handful of species in the genus Sanvitalia, known as the creeping zinnias. Hardy to Zone 2, the flower is native to Mexico and Guatemala and blossoms from June until frost. The inch-wide buttons of golden yellow pepper the plant, which grows only a few inches tall but spreads up to 1.5 feet in width. This member of the aster family does best in full sun and prefers dry to medium moisture in rich soil and will thrive in heat and humidity.