This popular flowering plant is in the same family as
tomato, potato, tobacco, eggplant, and bell pepper. About thirty-five wild
petunia species are perennial plants native to South
America. The heavy flowering hybrids often bloom themselves to
death within one season. This plant offers a surprisingly wide range of flower
colors including blue, red and pale yellow.
See plants can be seen at entry areas and in containers during the winter months.
Low herbaceous annuals to about a foot tall.
Light: full sun
Water: somewhat drought tolerant, responds well to irrigation
Soil: a rich, organic soil is best, responds well to fertilization
They grow best in a sunny, well-drained site with
supplemental irrigation. In Florida,
petunias grow best in the cool winter months. Flowering slows or stops when
temperatures drop below freezing but the plants survive temperatures into the
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