Petunia integrifolia 'Wild Petunia'

Petunia integrifolia Wild Petunia

(April, 2010) I list Petunias under the category – “Boring”. Yes, they are an easy source of bright colors in Spring and Summer gardens. But they are like impatiens, snapdragons, pansies and marigolds – so over planted, so over hybridized and so over sold by the big box stores that they do not bring any distinctive charm to a garden. They just fill in for something that is missing.

Petunia integrifolia 'Wild Petunia'

Then there is the “Wild Petunia”. When I bought the plant at Annie’s Annuals I thought the “wild” referred to its growing in the “wild”. Nope. This is one, wild, out of control, over the top flower. I have tried to take pictures of its magenta blooms three times now. And each time that I bring the images up in PhotoShop they look as if someone was playing with the colors, pushing them to the extreme. The magenta is so powerful that it blots out all the detail in the flowers.

As a container flower, it has worked out superbly – easy to grow, a profuse bloomer with mesmerizing magenta flowers.

Petunia integrifolia

(Update May, 2010) I’m astounded at how the Petunia continues to punch out flowers.  It has doubled in size in the month since I took the original pictures above. The only problem (and it’s a minor one) is that I am growing the flower in a container and it requires regular watering to keep up with the significant growth.

(Update 5/20/2010) OK, this posting is gratuitous, but I can’t resist showing yet another picture of the phenomenal growth rate of this plant (see below).

The Petunia is so enormous that when I walk on the path into the house I have to make a major detour to avoid stepping on the flowers – and what a wild profusion of flowers. I expected that by now I’d have to cut back all the growth to make way for another batch, but the plant happily keeps sending out new shoots with no help from me.


Wils Petunia

(Update 08/26/10) I seemed to have committed an unforgivable crime – the Petunia has expired. Even though Petunia integrifolia is reputed to be a tough perennial, I have managed to kill it after only six months. I’m not sure the cause. It showed no sign of damage from pests (although I had a major outbreak of white flies in other parts of the garden) and it was kept properly watered.

No matter. I’ll just plant another one next year.