Zyra was designed by Morello, who came up with the idea. Coronach and CertainlyT did most of her design.  
 Zyra is voiced by , who also voices Karen Strassman , Cassiopeia , Fiora , and Shyvana .
Elise Morello stated this champion was inspired by , a character class from the Sadida's Shoe games.
Zyra's Rise of the Thorns is similar to the Sadida's Still Life. Sadida revives as an Ultra-Powerful Doll, while Zyra turns into a large plant.
Zyra's Rampant Growth is similar to Sadida's Doll Seeds, as both types of seeds have different forms depending on the spells used on them.
Zyra's Grasping Roots is similar to Sadida's Bramble, as both cover the enemy in thorny roots and deal damage.
Zyra is the 4th champion to have an ability that allow the champion to attack after death. Zyra's ability is Rise of the Thorns, while the others are Karthus's Death Defied, Kog'Maw's Icathian Surprise and Yorick's Omen of Death.
Zyra's co-creator, CertainlyT, hinted in the LoL forums that Zyra has three hidden passives. They're confirmed to be:
: When either Sion or Zyra kills the other, they receive a bonus +2 gold (a reference to Sion Plants Vs. Zombies).
: Maokai gets +1 movement speed if he's on the same team as Zyra.
Maokai : Leona's passive causes Zyra to increase in size for a short time.
Leona Zyra's dance resembles the basic movements for the dance " ".
Cha-cha-cha Zyra's passive was called Queen of Thorns before being changed to Rise of the Thorns.
Zyra is the fourth champion to have a special animation while using or Recall in which she looks up and extends red vines in her arms touching the ground.
Teleport Zyra's name resembles the word "Zahra" in Arabic, which means 'blooming flower'.
Zyra is the fifth champion to be able to transform, albeit hers has a different mechanic than , Elise , Nidalee and Shyvana .
Swain Zyra's passive Rise of the Thorns has a cyan hue instead of green in her Champion Spotlight.
Zyra's Rampant Growth is possibly a reference to the card of the same name.
Magic: The Gathering Zyra's earring has some resemblance to the icon of the Zerg Swarm in - a comparison can be found Starcraft 2 here.
Zyra is the second champion who shares her title with a skill name, after .
Classic Zyra bears resemblance to from the Poison Ivy .
DC Universe Classic Zyra bares similarities to the character from the Sarah Kerrigan series - similar appearance and voices, titles Rise of the Thorns and Queen of Blades, and even a quote - Kerrigan saying Starcraft "This world is mine" and Zyra's "This land is mine".
Classic Zyra's hair is very similar to from the Jessie franchise.
Pokemon Wildfire Zyra is possibly a reference to the Flame Atronach from the games.
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