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Red Zinnia

Taken at Rosendals Gardens, Stockholm.

 

In its native Mexico, the Spanish referred to the zinnia as "mal de ojos" (which literally translates as sickness of the eyes), thinking it a small and unattractive flower. The seeds were sent to Europe in the 18th century. It received its name from a German medical professor named Johann Gottfried Zinn, who provided the first written description of the flower. (It is an interesting bit of trivia to know that his name is not only attached to a flower, but because of his work on the study of the eye, a part of the eye is called the zonule of Zinn, or Zinn's membrane.)

 

Read more: The History of Zinnia Flowers | Garden Guides www.gardenguides.com/82720-history-zinnia-flowers.html#ix...

 

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Taken on August 29, 2013