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Useful Temperate Plants

Zinnia acerosa

(DC.) A.Gray

Asteraceae

+ Synonyms

Crassina acerosa (DC.) Kuntze

Diplothrix acerosa DC.

Common Name: Desert Zinnia

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General Information

Zinnia acerosa is a perennial plant forming a rounded mound of growth 10 - 25cm tall with stems that become more or less woody and persist[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
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Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
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ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
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277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
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ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
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The plant is harvested from the wild for local medicinal use. It is sometimes grown as an ornamental and can be used in projects to restore native plant cover.

Known Hazards

None known

Botanical References

200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
,
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.

Range

Southwest N. America - Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, northern Mexico

Habitat

Rocky open slopes, flats, calcareous soils; at elevations from 700 - 1,900 metres[
270
Title
Flora of N. America
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://flora.huh.harvard.edu/fna/
Publisher
 
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An on-line version of the flora with an excellent description of the plant including a brief mention of plant uses.
]. Dry mesas and arid, rocky slopes[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].

Properties

Medicinal Rating *  *
Other Uses Rating *  *
HabitShrub
Height0.15 m
PollinatorsInsects
Cultivation StatusOrnamental, Wild

Cultivation Details

Zinnia acerosa is found in the warm temperate to subtropical zone of southwestern N. America, growing in semi-arid regions. It grows best in areas with long, hot, dry summers and is able to tolerate some frost in winter so long as it is not wet[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
].
Requires a position in full sun, growing best in a deep, rich, loamy, well-drained soil[
200
Title
The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Publication
 
Author
Huxley. A.
Publisher
MacMillan Press
Year
1992
ISBN
0-333-47494-5
Description
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
]. Grows well in calcareous or alkaline soils with a high pH and tolerates some shade in hot, dry environments[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].

Edible Uses

None known

Medicinal

The plant is antirheumatic - a crushed paste of the plant, mixed with salt, is used to alleviate swelling or aches[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].

Agroforestry Uses:

The plant may be used within its native range in restoration of disturbed areas, wildlife and pollinator habitat improvement, and to increase plant diversity on adapted areas[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
].

Other Uses

None known

Propagation

Seed - sow in containers in a greenhouse. Prick out into individual containers when the seedlings are large enough to handle and plant out when large enough[
277
Title
Plants Database
Publication
 
Author
 
Website
http://plants.usda.gov/java/factSheet
Publisher
United States Department of Agriculture
Year
0
ISBN
 
Description
An online database with an excellent collection of fact sheets about native N. American plants.
]. In areas near the limits of the plants hardiness it would be better to keep the plants in pots in a sheltered position for their first winter, planting out in late spring.
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