Petunia x hybrida ? from Vickey

Hi Dr. Hill!

I found this little beauty growing in the middle of some tall grass and weeds. It’s not as sharp as I’d like – shooting from a distance. Can’t find it on the Name that Plant pages. It looks similar to Reullia, but I can’t find one that looks just like it. The five lobes are not separated and it’s a trumpet shape. You can see the stems and leaves are hairy. Can you identify it, please?

Thank you!

Hi Vickey,

what you have there is a Petunia…I would hesitate to give it a species name since Petunias are generally hybrids, sometimes called Petunia x hybrida. They are closely related to the now popular flower Calibrachoa which resembles a small petunia. This must be an escape from cultivation.  Ruellia is often called wild petunia, but they are in different plant families.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steven Hill, Botanist, SCNPS

One Response

  1. Vickey says:

    Thank you! An escapee then. =)

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