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Zinnia Elegans ‘Oklahoma Scarlet’

Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 1996

Good Qualities

Color (7); Large flowers (2); and reasonable vase life with supplemental flower food.; Nice size flowers and uniformity of color. Healthiest looking plants of all the colors.; Holds well.; Many branches. Bloom consistent color throughout.; Long lasting cut, strong stems.; Uniform flowers, easy to cut, very wonderful and prolific.


Small flowers (3); Short stems (2); Fungal pathogens and thrips in the greenhouse.; Disease resistance low, no marketable flowers.; Some weak or ;collapsed; necks. Small amount of Xanthomonas campestris in early summer. Least affected of all the colors.; Beautiful heads but short and small (half size of salmon).; Some variation in flower shape.


Very easy to grow and a great color and shape to the flower, a better performer in the greenhouse.; Acceptable cultivar for market where smaller flowers are okay.; Much black rot, black spot, and assorted fungus, due to poor zinnia weather (Nantucket, MA). Good news – no Japanese beetles! Too cold.; This zinnia was very prolific, has lasted well and began blooming 2 weeks before any other zinnias.

Trial Data

Zinnia elegans ‘Oklahoma Scarlet’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating¹ Repeat Again Rating¹ Ease of Cultivation Rating¹
Average 14.3 14.3 4.0 3.9 4.6

¹1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.


Benary Seed
1444 Larson St.
Sycamore, IL 60178

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