Petunia The Musical Magical Flower

March 11, 2013 – 09:08 am

Species name: Petunia x hybrida 'Supertunia Raspberry Blast'

Common name: petunia

Location: Ontario

Surprisingly enough, I learned today that this plant is native to South America! All of my South American readers will probably be wondering why this is surprising, and to be honest I have no idea. I just always figured it was from Asia and never really gave the plant much thought. aceae or the tomato family (which it is), and that most of the members of this family originated in South America. So not all that surprising after all!

This genus Petunia (it's always nice when botanists decide that a Latin name sounds good enough to make it the common name of the plant, too) is comprised of about 65 species, but only the ornamental hybrid is grown widely around the world. There are four main types of hybrids that are classified based on growth form: the large flower form, the multi-petal form (where the stamens have been bred to be petals due to a genetic mutation), the miniature form, and the creeping form. The fact that this plant can creep at all poses a serious risk to native wildflowers, and so that form should be planted with extreme caution around naturalized areas since there's always the potential for escape. This plant would be incredibly unlikely to survive the winter, but given the right conditions it just might.

The majority of petunia flowers, like many members of the Solanaceae, are most fragrant at night. In fact, most people would argue that petunias have no smell at all since they never experience the nighttime fragrance. The only notable exception to this is also the exception to the method of pollination for petunia flowers: the species Petunia exserta. This species has brilliant red flowers that are pollinated by hummingbirds, and consequently have a strong sweet odor even during the day.

Source: botanicalmusings.blogspot.com


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I'd include sweet alyssum with the petunias

I have white sweet alyssum planted with white petunias at the top of my retaining wall, and it's a pretty combination: tiny, snow-flake alyssum flowers with larger, delicate petunias. It would look very nice in the pots next to your mailbox: two alyssum plants and two petunia plants in each pot. I got the idea from an upscale nursery here in Seattle. They had that combination in a gigantic pot, and it looked just beautiful. I don't know if this matters to you as a beginner, but sweet alyssum attracts many beneficial insects to your garden, and that reduces problems with pests.
I've always found the light blue petunias with the dark blue veins to be very pretty


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