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Zinnia-mal de ojos and human eye


Fall colours bring the last sun before winter.But before forests turn their foliage to yellowish part of the spectre the last summer flowers pretend this summer will never end.Zinnias make even this little garden an oasis of summer,delivering a piece of colour memoirs to those passing by. I’ve remembered little zinnia bouquets from the food market that we loved so much, that we kept buying them until we believed they are nothing special and traded them for some fancy flowers in trend.What a pity a human eye recognizes colours  but the meanings remain unseen just too often……

Johann Gottfried Zinn was born in Schwabach. Considering his short life span, Zinn made a great contribution to the study of anatomy. In his book Descriptio anatomica oculi humani,       he provided the first detailed and comprehensive anatomy of the human eye.

In addition to his medical career, Zinn was also an ardent botanist. In 1750, the German Ambassador to Mexico sent Zinn some seeds of mal de ojos,  which was considered a weed in Mexico, but the plant briefly aroused interest in Germany. [1]

Botanist Carolus Linnaeus designated a genus of flowers in the family Asteraceaenative from Mexico as Zinnia  in his honour. Zinnia was introduced to Europe in 1613.  from  :

Self Portrait Dedicated To Dr Eloesser 1940 - Frida Kahlo


Woman With A Red Zinnia - Mary Cassatt


Zinnia × hybrida flower and foliage
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Heliantheae[1]
Genus: Zinnia
Type species
Zinnia peruviana (L.) L.
Crassina Scepin
Diplothrix DC.
Mendezia DC.
Tragoceros Kunth[2]from:

By Tamara Jare

Slovenian figurative painter. Love colors and light.

9 replies on “Zinnia-mal de ojos and human eye”

I thought I had posted on this but I don’t see it so I’ll try again. Thank you for posting this about Zinnias. They were my Grandmother’s favorite flowers and she always had a few “zinnies” growing in her garden and I try to do the same. I like seeing them and learning more of their history. It brings back good memories…


I remember you commented before and I remember I replied-looks I did something wrong;(
I guess zinnias were popular at the times you Grandmother had them.I think they are getting more popular now, at least where I do live.They are flowers full of temperament!
Thank you for your patience with me!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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