Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Garden Petunia - Petunia x atkinsiana   D. Don ex W.H. Baxter
Members of Solanaceae:
Only member of Petunia in NC.
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AuthorD. Don ex W.H. Baxter
DistributionMostly in the Coastal Plain and Sandhills; rare in the Piedmont.

Native of Argentina; in N.A. Que. to Ont. and MN, south to FL, MS, AR; also CA.
AbundanceUncommon, except rare in the Piedmont.
HabitatRoadsides, ditches, fields, yard weed, waste ground, campus weed.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-October.
IdentificationThe familiar Garden Petunia is sold abundantly in NC as a hanging or pot plant. The large red-purple to violet flowers are a favorite.
Taxonomic CommentsOf hybrid origin (integrifolia x ____), now stabilized and performs like most species.

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State RankHYB
Global RankGNA
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