ZINNIA is one of the most easily cultivated of all the garden flowers. Their bright blossoms may be rose, orange, crimson, scarlet, yellow, salmon, or purple. They stand stiffly erect on hairy stems which are from three inches to three feet high, depending upon the variety grown. They have an abundance of thick, dark green foliage which makes them easy to arrange and useful in home decoration. Zinnias grow best if the seeds are planted indoors in March and are transplanted to a sunny spot when the weather is warm. In well-fertilized soil there will be an abundance of bloom from midsummer until frost. Dwarf and giant varieties have been developed which show a variety of unusual shapes and colors. The zinnia belongs to the Compositae family and grows wild from the southern United States and Mexico to Chile.