Petunia (Petunia x hybrida).
Other Names - Petun.
Origins - South America.
Type - Annual (herbaceous)
Hardiness (see References, below)Will grow in most Summer gardens.
Spring, Summer, early Fall.
Up to 18 in (45 cm).
Sunny, or partially shaded
locations. Moist, well drained rich soils. Deadhead for more blooms. If they get too leggy, cut back, and keep fertilizing regularly. Petunias will tolerate heat, and light drought, but not full shade, and continuously wet soil.
By seeds (plant approximately 8 weeks, before ready to be planted outdoors).

Seeds are very small, and are best "sprinkled" over the surface of the potting soil, and then gently pressed into it, rather than being covered with any extra amount of soil.
Cuttings taken in late Summer, and early Fall will also root easily.

Beautiful, delightfully fragrant blooms (particularly at dusk). Like Marigolds, Petunias, make perfect companions, and will grow next to any garden plant. They are reputed to deter grasshoppers, Japanese beetles, aphids, asparagus beetle. Petunias attract hummingbirds, and bees. These charming flowers are easy to grow directly in the ground, and in containers. Definitively a must have bloom to enjoy!

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