Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 1.0 to 2.5 ft Width: .75 to 2.0 ft
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers
Recommended Uses: Groundcover along with other low-growing wildflowers.
Propagation: Seed capsules are mature and ready to be collected about two months after the flower withers and the capsule turns brown. These pods will eventually open on their own and self-seed, so it is best to bag the seed pods when they first turn brown. Seeds must be cold stratified to insure germination. Carolina Wild Petunia can also be propagated by summer cuttings and propagation by division once the plant is a couple of years old.
Availability: Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: 7.9 to 8.5
Carolina Wild Petunia is host plant for the larva of the Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia), and White Peacock (Anartia jatrophae), butterflies. Also attracts many other pollinators.
Native Habitats: Dry mesic hammocks, flatwoods, sandhill, disturbed areas.
Distribution and Planting Zones
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
Suitable to grow in:
Other Comments: Wild petunia's flower only last for a day, but they have a very long flowering period, starting in early spring and going strong through the fall.
Please use this Florida native instead of its widely-sold relative, the invasive Mexican petunia.