9/23/2014

Zinnia: All-purpose flower


I may look like the crazy flower lady, with zinnia taking up a good chunk of space in my vegetable garden.  But there are great reasons to grow zinnia as a "crop".  The butterflies love them as a nectar source.  And they make great cut flowers; I like having a bouquet of garden flowers on my desk that will last a whole week.

This is a gulf fritillary butterfly.  I grew their host plant, passion vine, at my old house and got to see their caterpillar stage.  Below is the picture I took a few years ago.