Fireball Mix

Crop: Zinnia (Zinnia spp.)

Breeder: Frank Morton (Wild Garden Seed)

OSSI Pledge Date: 1/1/2019

Release Date: 1/1/2019

Bred for Organic Systems: Yes

Commercial Availability: Yes

Stability: Breeding Population



The commercial zinnia ‘Peppermint Stick’ isn’t very true to its name, having as many red-striped golden yellows (and unstriped white and yellow variations) as it does namesake red-striped whites. Those red-gold doubles are a tempting item for isolation, but I suspect that there is considerable genetic instability in that bicolor form. This is the first generation grown from some beautiful, tall, doubled, red-striped golden “fireball” mothers. As expected the colors broke into a range of expressions including the fireball phenotype, but also solid golds, solid reds, red-wedge weirdos, and a few “peppermints” and whites. Mark commented that it was as beautiful as a zinnia patch could hope to be–tall, doubled, long stemmed, upright, with healthy foliage. I took that as endorsement that a ‘Fireball Mix’ would be a good cutting zinnia for those bored by monochrome plantings.

OSSI Partner Availability

Fireball Mix zinnia, an OSSI pledged variety