Zinnias are natives of the New World and were probably cultivated in Aztec gardens along with dahlias, sunflowers and morning glories before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. They were named 1763 by Linnaeus in honor of Johann Zinn, a German professor of botany and medicine. The first double forms were introduced in France in 1856. Zinnias became popular in the US in the late 19th and early 20th century and many familiar forms were bred here including the first cactus flowering and striped varieties. In the Victorian language of flowers, zinnias meant "thoughts of an absent friend."
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