Michael A. Stecker



Pink Petunia
Petunia is a trumpet shaped, widely-cultivated genus of flowering plants of South American origin, in the family Solanaceae. Petunias are usually diploid with 14 chromosomes and are infertile with other petunia species.  The popular flower got its name from French, which took the word petun 'tobacco' from a Tupi-Guarani language.  Most of the varieties seen in gardens are  low-lying hybrids annuals that brag of their diversity of brilliant color and attractive green foliage. They bloom all summer with little maintenance and make perfect centerpieces to containers and hanging baskets and serve as good low bordering color to gardens.