Audubon® Wild Petunia
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An amiable plant that’s a joy to have around! Wild Petunia is a petite native Spirit that complements natural gardens beautifully. The pale lavender blossoms go with everything, and they bloom for two full months each summer. Hummingbirds, Hummingbird Moths, and butterflies may visit the funnelform flowers, while leaf-cutting bees not only feed from them, but gather pieces of the silky petals for lining their nests. After blooming, Wild Petunia will make itself at home in your garden by virtue of exploding seedpods. You never know where new plants will pop up, but they always seem to end up just where they need to be. Charming!
May Benefit & Attract: Hummingbirds
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- Better for Birds, 100% Neonic-Free
- Not Available in non-native regions, states or counties (see Native Regions map)
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- This bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
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- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
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Not a Petunia at all, the so-called Wild Petunia belongs to a different branch of the evolutionary tree, the Acanthus family. This family includes the hardy shade plant commonly called Bear’s Breeches and the annual climber known as Black-Eyed Susan Vine. (Petunias belong to Solanaceae, the family of Tomatoes and Potatoes.) A waterwise Spirit, Wild Petunia most often occurs on poor, dry soils and disturbed sites over a vast region of the U.S. It can be found from Minnesota to Pennsylvania in the North and from Texas to Florida in the South.
Wild Petunia serves as a host plant for the common buckeye. This charismatic orange and brown butterfly with striking eyespots is seen in gardens in the South all summer long. Further north, you’re more likely to spot it in early fall.
How to Grow
Within its vast native range, Wild Petunia may show up uninvited in the garden and persist happily with no care at all—that’s how carefree it is! It will thrive in full or partial sun, and once established, the only water it needs is what falls from the sky. It grows in any soil, from sand to clay and is often found on thin soil over limestone. Wild Petunia expels its seeds forcefully when ripe, sending them up to ten feet away from the mother plant. Self-sown plants will appear here and there, though usually not in quantities to be considered a nuisance.
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