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Zinnia L. Asteraceae cultivar Distribution: Southern USA to South America. Linnaeus (1753) named the genus Zinnia in honour of Dr Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727-1759), botanist, physician and anatomist. He became director of the botanical garden in Gottingen and professor of medicine. He received the seeds of Zinnias from Mexico, where they were known as mal de ojos (sickness of the eyes), probably on account of their gaudy colours. He described them shortly before his death, apparently from tuberculosis, at the age of 31 (Mark, 2009). He was a great anatomist and his book Descriptio anatomica oculi humani (1755) was the first complete study of the anatomy of the eye. In it he described the zonule of Zinn (the suspensory ligament of the lens) and the annulus of Zinn (the annular tendon which surrounds the optic nerve as it enters the orbit, and to which some oculomotor muscles are attached) which are named after him. It has no known medicinal value but was reportedly used by the Zuni and Navajo for medicines, and is regarded as non-toxic – at least to dogs and cats.
Oakeley, Dr. Henry. (2012). Doctors in the Medicinal Garden. Plants named after physicians. Royal College of Physicians. link


Named for Johann Gottfried Zinn (1727-1759), professor of botany, Göttingen.
Stearn, W.T. (1996). Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners. Cassell. p.314

Zinnia 'Benary's Giant Wine'

Genus: Zinnia
Cultivar: 'Benary's Giant Wine'
Distribution summary: Garden origin
Habit: Annual
Hardiness: H2 - Tender; cool or frost-free greenhouse
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Mulberry Tree bed (H)
Flowering months: September, October
Reason for growing: Commemorative

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