Petunia, the Pride of Nature

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What flower can you think of that originated on only one continent and has expanded to be cultivated on every continent save Antarctica? Mostly hybrids, they are a wonderous garden plant. From furry leaves emerge large and lovely silky textured flowers in a multitude of colors. Particularly captivating are flowers that exhibit alternating bold colors intermixed with white longitudinal and perimeter stripes. The effect is wonderful and has always reminded me of a carousel minus the zebras and elephants.

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Grown as an annual it is considered a low to moderate creeper. Flowers cluster atop low stems often creating a carpet of color. Inexpensive and easily cultivated they are a container gardeners delight. Often displayed in hanging baskets the flowers often create a ball of color for great front porch impact.
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We Also beloved in flower boxes their hanging drapes of flowers gently cascade downward. Although only 20 species exist they have been hybridized endlessly to create a variety that can satisfy even the most discriminating gardener.

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