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Petunia

Petunia spp.

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

30cm

Min

30cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Red-petunia - Virginia - ForestWander

Overview

The genus Petunia has about 40 species of spreading to erect plants. They are multi-branching, with sticky hairy stems and ovate to lance-shaped dark green leaves. The showy solitary flowers are 5 lobed, fluted, single or double trumpet-shaped and borne on the upper leaf axils of the plant. Petunias are generally thought of as annuals, as they are mostly grown as such, but they are mostly perennials. Many cultivars are derived from P. axillaris, P. integrifolia, and P. violacea – and are split into two groups: Grandiflora petunias (with very large flowers, generally up to 10cm across) and Multiflora petunias (bushier and with many smaller flowers, around 5cm in size).

Common problems

Harvesting

Seed can be collected once the flower has fallen off and the seed pod has turned brown. Pick it and store before the pod splits open.

Propagation

Cuttings

Take softwood cuttings in summer.

Seed

Sown under glass or directly in the soil in autumn or mid-spring.

Special Features

Attracts bees

Pot plant

Attractive flowers