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Plantidote of the Day 2011-01-24

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Zinnia elegans


Correntian and Plantidote pal Eureka Springs provided this amazing image of a zinnia, a vivid reminder of the beauty in even the most common flowers and plants.

Zinnias most likely came to the US from Mexico, where they were favorites of the Aztecs. They're easy to grow, come in practically every color imaginable -- except blue -- and a range of sizes. Plant seeds after frost season and the flowers should appear in summer.

Thanks for another spectacular image, ES!

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