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zinnia button Zinnia
Zinnia elegans

The zinnia was sent from Mexico by Professor Casimir Gomwx de Ortego to his friend the marchioness of Bute in Madrid. Carolus Linnaeus, named the ~zinnia~ after Johan Gottfried Zinn, who was a medical professor at Gottingen University, Germany in the mid-18th century.

It is native to the Americas, including Mexico. It's been commonly referred to as ~youth-and-old-age,~ in reference to the flower's multiple layers.

Vase life of the flower is 5 to 6 days. Zinnias may be dried using silica gel or borax.

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