Petunia × atkinsiana
Common Name: Garden Petunia
Petunias of many colouts adorn this wall
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Garden petunia is a herbaceous, perennial plant, most commonly cultivated as an annual, growing about 60cm tall.
The edible flowers are eaten locally. A very common plant in flower gardens, there are hundreds of named varieties.
Although providing many well-known foods for people, including the potato, tomato, pepper and aubergine, most plants in the family Solanaceae also contain poisonous alkaloids. Unless there are specific entries with information on edible uses, it would be unwise to ingest any part of this plant[
A range of hybrids, developed in the garden, mainly involving P. axillaris × P. Integrifolia.
Not known in the wild
The plant can be grown as a summer annual in areas with cold winters, or as a perennial in warmer areas.
Requires a sunny position[
]. Grows and flowers best in a light, well-drained soil[
]. Rich soils and shade encourage the plant to produce lush foliage, but at the expense of flowering[
Flowers - raw[
]. A mild flavour, they can be eaten raw in salads or be used as a garnish on other foods[
Seed - surface sow in containers, just firming the seed into the soil, and do not allow to dry out[
]. The seed germinates best at a temperature of 15 - 20°c[
]. Prick out the seedlings when large enough to handle and plant out when 10cm tall.
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