Is it me or do 'Peppermint Stick' zinnias look different?

oath5(z6b/7a MD)March 3, 2010

I'm only 20 years old, but I swear the peppermint stick zinnias that I've been been able to get the past few years look a little different than they used to look when I was growing up? Did Burpee introduce a new one and replace an older variety? I firmly remember white and red ones and then the yellow and red ones but the new splotched colors are not striking a nostalgic nerve at all. They also look too double to me....am I just being silly or has anyone else noticed this too?

Thanks,

Max

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oilpainter(3)

Hi Max

They are introducing new varieties of flowers all the time. What you grew in your garden years ago may not resemble what you get today, even if it has the same common name. The latin names may vastly differ though.

Peppermint stick zinnias come in a variety of colors, and mixes. All have splotches. The memory is not always reliable--are you sure they were peppermint stick zinnias you grew back then, or some other variety.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 5:57AM
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oath5(z6b/7a MD)

Pretty sure they were called "peppermint stick" because I always called them "candy cane flowers" and then the regular double zinnias of whatever series at the time I just called "pom-poms". They were ususally less double and would contrast in cutting arrangements. Looking online I can see that they have a lot of variation, even in flower form as you said. Maybe the mix I used to get or what was more available was more of a single blossomed variety that's gone by the wayside.....

    Bookmark   March 3, 2010 at 10:04AM
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