Hairy flower wild petunia
A wide range of colors including orange, purple, red, yellow and all shades of green. Blooms spring to fall. Channel is often on the dry side and is reported to have a strong, sharp, unremittingly acrid scent. Due to its toughness, perennation can be an issue, especially when planted with succulents. Plant in well-drained, fertile soil or in rock gardens. Easily propagated from stem cuttings. 1 to a few stalkless flowers in the upper leaf axils. Flowers are funnel-shaped, about 1 inch across and 1½ to 2½ inches long, lavender to pinkish or pale blue, with 5 widely spreading lobes and darker lines inside the throat. Inside the tube are 4 white to purplish stamens and a white to purplish style with a divided tip.
Danger Danger GMO: In May 2017 the U.S. Department of Agriculture ordered flower distributors to destroy with prejudice each and all petunia plants imported from Selecta Klemm, a horticultural firm in Germany, because the intruders were genetically engineered to produce vivid orange, red, and purple blooms. It wasn't the colors that bothered ag inspectors, but rather the genetic engineering of flora, which is frowned upon by the U.S.D.A. and requires special permission for entry into the domestic market.Nine “unwelcome varieties” of petunia were designated for destruction: African Sunset, Trilogy Mango, Trilogy Deep Purple, Trilogy Red, Trilogy '76 Mix, Fortunia Early Orange, Hells Bells Improved, Petunia Salmon Ray, and Sweetunia Orange Flash. I wish we Americans had learned how the Germans managed to improve Hells Bells (and buckets of blood) before the end came, but otherwise, “no worries,” U.S.D.A. officials said. “The flowers pose no risk to the environment or human health.”
The plentiful, dark green leaves of the hairy prairie petunia, shown here, provide a nutritious feast for caterpillars of the Buckeye butterfly and tasty nectar for a host of other fluttering beauties. An anonymous writer from Illinois claims to have observed “long-tongued bees” extracting nectar and pollen from wild specimens. But insect visitors at the wild petunia banquet table are likely few and far between in mature tallgrass prairies because the petunia grows low and obscured 'neath the towering grasses, tall flowers, and bushy Convolvuluses is a term new to me, though the Oxford English reports usage going all the way back to 1551. Some of our wise readers already know it as bindweed, a wild English flower related to the morning glory. The petunia's linguistic origins are of more recent vintage. (Source: corndancer.com