Sanvitalia Fast Facts


Sanvitalia, the genus name for creeping zinnia, has small yellow and orange daisy-like flowers on a sprawling mat of greenery that's perfect both for rock gardens and as a border plant.

Where to Plant

This creeping perennial does well in well-draining soil along borders, in pots, or left to cascade over walls or banks.

Sun Requirements

Sanvitalia needs full sun or at least mostly sunny conditions, for optimal growing performance.

Soil Conditions

This ground cover works best in fertile, well-draining soil; and once established, it adapts to any soil condition.


Sanvitalia is a hardy, drought-tolerant sprawling plant that grows best when just left alone. No deadheading or pruning are needed.

Growing Season

A Mexican native plant, sanvitalia will bloom year-round in the Southwest. In cooler climates, it blooms in late summer.


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Bobbi Keffer attended Kent State University to study education but soon found her true love to be in the garden. She prides herself on her frugal skills reusing, recycling and reinventing her whimsical style in her home and garden.