How to Grow Sanvitalia Plants

Guide to Growing Creeping Zinnia and Golden Stars

Members of the Sanvitalia plant genus are hardy or half hardy annuals that reach about 15 cm (6 inches) in height.

Sanvitalia plants have a prostate nature. Theycome into bloom from summer to the first months of autumn.

Sanvitalia by Suneko; Creative Commons.

Leaves are oval shaped, and flowers are orange or yellow with brown centres.

Sanvitalia plant
Sanvitalia by knoxilla.

Some of the common names for Sanvitalia include Creeping Zinnia and Golden Stars.

Commonly Grown Sanvitalia Species

Sanvitalia procumbens

Sanvitalia procumbens Photograph

Sanvitalia procumbens at del jardín botánico de Gijónby Manuel M. V..

Sanvitalia sunbini

Sanvitalia sunbini

Mexican Zinnia by Forest and Kim Starr.

Sanvitalia Plant Growing and Care Guide

Common Names: Creeping Zinnia: Yellow; Alberts; Mexican. Golden Stars. Creeping sanvitalia
Life Cycle: Half hardy annual, hardy annual.
Height: 4 to 12 inches (10 to 30 cm).
Spread: 4 to 12 inches (10 to 30 cm).
Native: Central and Northern America.
Growing Region: Zones 2 to 10. UK Hardiness: H5, hardy in severe winters.
Blooms: Summer and autumn.
Flower Details: Yellow, gold, orange. Daisy-like ray and disc florets. Notched tips.
Foliage: Oval to lanceolate.

Sow Outside: Surface. Before the last frost (cooler areas) or in autumn (warm areas). Spacing 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm).
Sow Inside: Use peat pots. Germination time: one to three weeks in the light. Temperature 70°F (21°C). Seven or eight weeks in advance. Transplant outdoors in the last month of spring.
Requirements: Full sunlight. Good drainage. Sandy soil. Light soil. Can survive in dry soils. Light feed. Water in prolonged dry periods.
Family: Asteraceae (Compositae).
Closely related species: Edelweiss; Marigold; Gerbera Daisy; Mountain daisy; and Yarrow Plant

How to Grow and Care for Creeping Zinnia and other Garden Sanvitalia Plants

The seeds of Creeping Zinnia plants and other Sanvitalia Genus members should be sown on the surface before the last frost of spring.

The seeds should be spaced at about 20 cm (8 inches) apart.

Ideally, they like to grow in sunny parts of the garden with good drainage.

Sanvitalia plants prefer a soil that is light and sandy.

If starting indoors first, then try to sow Creeping Zinnia seeds in peat pots about seven weeks before putting outdoors, at the end of spring.

The Sanvitalia seeds will require light and a temperature of 20 to 21°C (68 to 70°F) to germinate. This should take about two to three weeks.

Plants are low maintenance. Provide them with occasional water during dry spells.

You may wish to grow in containers if you need to start the seeds off indoors, as they have a low success rate when transplanted outdoors.


How do you grow Sanvitalia from seed?

To grow Sanvitalia from seed, start indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost. Sow seeds lightly on the surface of well-drained soil mix, keeping it warm and moist. Germination takes 1-3 weeks.

Are creeping zinnias perennial?

Creeping Zinnias, also known as Sanvitalia, are typically grown as annuals. They flower, set seed, and die within a single growing season.

How do you propagate Sanvitalia?

Sanvitalia can be propagated by seed or cuttings. For seed propagation, follow the instructions mentioned earlier. For cuttings, take them in late summer, root them in a moist soilless mix, and keep them warm.

Is Sanvitalia a perennial?

No, Sanvitalia is typically grown as an annual. This means it completes its life cycle - from germination, flowering, to setting seed - in a single growing season.

How many members does the Sanvitalia genus have?

The Sanvitalia genus is small, comprising about 12 recognized species.

Do members of Sanvitalia make a good garden or landscaping plant?

Yes, members of the Sanvitalia genus, known as Creeping Zinnia, are beloved for their ability to spread as a ground cover and their cheerful yellow-orange flowers.

Which Sanvitalia species are most frequently grown by gardeners?

The species Sanvitalia procumbens is the most commonly grown in gardens for its bright, cheerful blooms that resemble miniature sunflowers.

Are members of the Sanvitalia plant genus fragrant?

No, Sanvitalia plants are not known for having a fragrance. They are grown for their attractive, cheerful flowers and spreading habit.

What is the perfect location to grow Sanvitalia?

Sanvitalia prefers full sun and well-drained soil. It can tolerate heat and drought, making it a good choice for hot, dry locations.

Is Sanvitalia invasive in the USA, if so in which states?

Currently, Sanvitalia is not considered invasive in the USA. However, regulations can vary, so it's best to check with your local extension service.

How do I remove Sanvitalia plants from my garden?

To remove Sanvitalia, pull the plant from the ground, ensuring that the entire root system is removed. Using a trowel or a garden fork can aid in this process.


Sanvitalia, also called Creeping Zinnia, is typically grown as an annual. The genus comprises small, annual flowering plants native to Mexico and Central America. It forms a low, sprawling mound of foliage covered in small, bright yellow flowers. Many members are prized for their bright yellow, sunflower-like blooms and their spreading growth habit

Sanvitalia should be sown in early spring after the threat of frost has passed. They prefer full sun and well-drained soil. These plants are generally easy to grow and require little care once established, making them a popular choice for ground cover and container gardening.

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