Petunias

Common Name – Petunia

Plant Identification

Genus: Petunia
Family: Solanaceae
Species: Hybrid
Plant type: Flowering annual
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Plant Images

Petunias

Petunias

White Petunias

Petunias

My petunias

My petunias

Petunia photographs

Petunia photographs

Petunia photographs

Petunia photographs

Plant Descriptions

Fruit / flower: Flower
Colour: Colours range from white, red, pink, purple
Flowering time: Throughout spring, summer into autumn
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Fragrance: No distinct fragrance
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Foliage description: unimpressive, sticky leaves
Foliage colour: green

Plant Requirements

Light preference: Prefers full sun, will tolerate some shade
Watering: Not too much watering required
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Pruning: Most benefit from dead-heading

Other Information

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Propogation: From seed
Other notes: Petunia is a widely-cultivated genus of flowering plants of South American origin, closely related with tobacco, cape gooseberries, tomatoes, potatoes and chili peppers; in the family Solanaceae. The popular flower derived its name from French, which took the word petun, meaning “tobacco,” from a Tupi-Guarani language. Most of the varieties seen in gardens are hybrids. There are literally hundreds of named petunia varieties. They fall into four distinct categories, based on flower size and growth habit. Some are more suited to container growing, while others are better for massing in the garden.

My Experiences with Petunias: I planted petunias in my garden this summer and have been well rewarded with lots of colour. But they need lots of sun. The Petunias I planted in my pots that get lots of sun and are not on the automated watering system have done wonderfully. I get lots of pleasure from them – a profusion of white and purples every time I walk past the patio area or when we sit out there – just lovely. In the front garden they get half day shade and although they are pretty, they haven’t done as well. I deadheaded often and they got “leggy”, so whilst the look great from far, when you get up close they are not “perfect petunia plants” like I see in all the photos and in other gardens.

Related Blog Articles:
I mentioned Petunias in blog articles here.

About the author: Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

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