Creeping Zinnia Facts

Creeping Zinnia Facts image by André Karwath/
Creeping Zinnia Facts image by André Karwath/


Creeping zinnia, also known as golden stars, is native to Mexico and is a low-maintenance garden ground cover known for its bright yellow flowers with brown centers. Its scientific name is Sanvitalia procumbens.

Growing Habit

Creeping zinnia spreads and trails along the ground. It reaches 6 to 12 inches high and about 2 to 3 feet in diameter.


Creeping zinnia likes full sun and light sandy soil with good drainage. It is drought tolerant but might have issues in intense heat in southern climates.


Primarily used as a ground cover, creeping zinnia also does well in rock gardens, cascading down a wall or in hanging baskets.


Creeping zinnia flowers are small, yellow and daisy-like. They produce prolifically from late spring through early fall and do not need to be deadheaded.


Propagation occurs from seeds sown on the soil surface after the last frost. This plant is half-hardy and is often treated as an annual.


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Brian Albert has been in the publishing industry since 1999. He is an expert in horticulture, with a focus on aquatics and tropical plants like orchids. He has successfully run an aquatic plant business for over five years. Albert's writing experience includes the Greater Portland Aquarium Society newsletter and politics coverage for a variety of online journals.

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