So this is the zinnia that got all the hype last year. My mom looked all spring and half the summer for 'Zowie' zinnia seeds and never did find any. When I ordered some seeds from Burpee's this spring, I noticed they offered 'Zowie.' I ordered a packet for me and one for my mom, and gave them to her the day we went to the Cincinnati Flower Show.
Poor Mom. She can't find them. And mine started blooming this week.
Each packet contained 15 seeds and every single one of mine germinated. I'll be saving the seed from this year's blooms, and I'll put some back for my mom so she can grow her 'Zowie' next year.
Honestly? I'm not sure why these are any more special than any other zinnias out there. I grew a nice one several years ago (pictured at right), when I wasn't a 'real' gardener and didn't have a clue what a cultivar even was. It was just a zinnia. 'Swizzle - Scarlet & Yellow' is similar, easier to find, and much cheaper. It could be that that is the one I had back then.
'Zowie' was a 2006 All-America Selection, and claims to be a non-stop bloomer until frost, with 3-5" blooms on 2-3' tall plants. Mine? Two inches across on ten-inch plants. But we're having a hot, dry summer.
Oh, and how do you say zinnia? Zeen' ya? Or zinn' ya?