Day 63: Zinnia

The name “zinnia” comes from Johann Gottfried Zinn, who was a medical professor at Göttingen University. The zinnia in its native Mexico was called mal de ojos by the Spaniards, because the flowers were small and considered ugly to the eye. In fact, although they were named for Zinn by Linnaeus, nobody took much notice of them for two hundred years. Zinn might have been pleased to see how nicely zinnias strike the eye these days. They were not really improved until this century, when one flower in a whole field of experimental zinnias grown by Burpee, was used as the basis for breeding most hybrids we know. It was in the sixty-sixth row and known as “Old 66.” (Source)

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