Creeping Zinnia Fast Facts


Creeping zinnia produces small, daisy-like flowers on a sprawling mat of greenery. It is an ideal plant for rock gardens, or as a border plant. Not a true zinnia, but resembling one, creeping zinnias are often used as trailing plants in commercial baskets.

Where to Plant

This creeping perennial does well in well-draining soil along borders, in pots or left to cascade over walls or banks. Plant new growth 15 to 18 inches apart.

Sun Requirements

Creeping zinnia needs full sun for optimal growing performance. It acts as an annual in cool climates and grows year-round in warm climates. For fewer blooms, plant zinnia in a shady area.

Soil Conditions

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


Creeping zinnia is a hardy, drought-tolerant, sprawling plant that grows best when left alone. No deadheading or pruning is necessary.

Growing Season

Creeping zinnia is native to Mexico, and 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.