Zinnia elegans

Packs of polar bears in flower form roam the garden, soaking up the sun.


Beyond the simple similarities between the white bears and white zinnias, there is a connection that runs deeper and truer between the two species-water. In balance, water is the source of life. Its many forms- rain, snow, glaciers, springs, vernal pools to vast oceans, touch us all. Our gardens bring us closer to this primal element and therefore closer to all life- no matter how far away. Let these flowers remind you, we are all reflections of our environment. When you gaze into these blooms, may you also see the faces of polar bears gazing back- as dependent as you are hanging in the balance of water. White flowers are a wonderful compliment to the garden and in bouquets. These zinnias, with a high ratio of double blooms, are handsome enough to be used as a centerpiece in bouquets.


Art Pack, 100 seeds

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Polar Bear Zinnia | Hudson Valley Seed Company | Organic Heirloom Seeds

  • Days to Germination 3-10 days
    Days to Maturity 70 days
    Planting Depth 1/2"
    Spacing in Row 12"
    Spacing Between Rows 24"
    Height at Maturity 36 inches
    Width at Maturity 24 inches


    Start indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost, or direct sow into full-sun prepared beds after frost. Transplant or thin seedlings to indicated spacing. Provide only moderate fertility for most blooms. Polar Bear is a medium-sized zinnia, reaching 42" high, with semi and fully double blooms. Pinch off spent flower heads for continued blooming, or let some go to seed to save for next season.

  • Artwork by Shu Ju Wang. From Shu-Ju, "Multiple voices and viewpoints are the cornerstones of my work, a reflection of my personal history of migration and background in technology, science and art. It is a balancing act of the analytical vs. meditative modes of creating, of re-imagining traditional motifs in a contemporary context, and of understanding our stories as a relationship between narration vs. interpretation. In a culture of bigger-is-better and faster-is-better, I create small & intimate work, slowly. Influenced by Chinese gongbi style paintings, illuminated manuscripts, and Islamic miniatures, my work combines abstract & representational forms in lush and jewel-like colors, and I invite viewers to interpret, to draw conclusions about this world that we live in."


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