Zinnias might be my new favorite flower. Throw the seeds in the yard and they are prolific bright flowers that attract an array of butterflies. They are such generous bloomers. When you cut zinnias for a vase, cut above the next set of leaves and you will have a new flower in days on the same stalk.  Purple wildflowers native to Mexico, they were considered eye sores to the Spaniards when taken back to Spain as seeds. The current majestic colors are hybrids that became quite popular in Victorian gardens in the 18th century. Red zinnias represent constancy, pink lasting affection and friendship for all zinnias.

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