Flora! Illuminated… Day 26

Zinnia

zinnia

Henry C. Andrews. Zinnia violacea, from The Botanist's Repository for New, and Rare Plants, 1797, vol. 1. Hand-colored etching.

Zinnia was named for Dr. Gottfried Zinn, an eighteenth-century German whose hobby was hybridizing wildflowers. A favorite story about Dr. Zinn tells how he was collecting plants in Mexico when he was attacked by bandits. All he had in his bag were the dried flower heads of wildflowers. When the bandits opened the bag and saw this they left him alone, for it was bad luck to attack the feeble-minded and who but a feeble-minded old man would carry around a bag of dead flowers?

–Laura C. Martin
in Garden Flower Folklore

Planning a butterfly garden? Be sure to include zinnias. Zinnias are easy to grow from seed and make a great project for gardening with kids.
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2 Responses to “Flora! Illuminated… Day 26”


  1. 1 Dagmar M. Persons 03/06/2011 at 3:01 pm

    This is just a beautiful series, all of it! What a wonderful idea to combine the flora drawings with poetry, writings, movies, etc. – just gorgeous & exceptional!!!
    The website itself is very nicely done – the top banner drawings and the Title treatments. Makes me want to be a part of this creation!
    If you need a volunteer help with this, please ask. I would be honored to help out.
    See my portfolio at http://www.design-n-art.com/portfolio_Dagmar.html

  2. 2 Carol Balabanow 03/07/2011 at 6:00 pm

    I missed this exhibit, but I am so glad that I was able to see it online.

    The selection was outstanding and the quotes added another wonderful dimension to the exhibit.


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