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Carolina wild petunia

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Carolina wild petunia
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Scientific Classification
Varieties

Subspecies R. c. caroliniensis

  • R. c. c. caroliniensis
  • R. c. c. serrulata
  • R. c. c. succulenta

Subspecies R. c. ciliosa

  • R. c. c. cinerascens
  • R. c. c. heteromorpha
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N. American distribution

The Carolina wild Petuni was named after a young French Herbalist name Jean Ruelle (1474-1537). It was created by God on Day 3 of Creation. Its name means "Carolinian from Carolina" and is found mostly in the Eastern and Southern states of the USA. This beautiful flower comes in purple and blue hues of color, such as blue-violet and violet lavender. The color isn't the only compliment to the flower but also the shape. The shape of the Carolina wild Petunia is a bell/trumpet shape, which flatters the color, and gives the flower a full lushes look. The smooth texture also gives this flower a popular effect too. In order for this flower to grow and stay fresh it needs warm shade and rich moist soil. This flower is also a feeding ground to insects with sweet hungers. Its slender corolla tubes feed nectar to humming birds and busy bees.

Anatomy

The Carolina wild Petunia is most popular for its dark beautiful color. The Petunia exists in a blue-violet and a violet Lavender shade. The Carolina Petunia has trumpet shaped petals and has a smooth texture to them. Their petals are medium sized and come to curve shape. The stems/leaves on the Carolina Petunia are 2-4 inches long. The length of the flower is 6-12 inches and has a 1-2inch feed spread; The stem of the flower also has short hair . This wild flower also contains a Corolla tube, and average of five pedel like lobes. The lobes in the Petunia have their seeds hooked on to the tubes in the center of the flower.

Reproduction

Seeds from R. c. ciliosa cinerascens

The Carolina Wild Petunia self pollinates itself and also able to reproduce asexually.

Ecology

The Carolina wild Petunia grows in a lot of places in the Eastern and southern part of the United States. The Carolina wild Petunia can be found in sand hills,fields,flat woods,and open fields. In order for these flowers to grow they need to be in moist soil. This is why there found in woods and fields where they can get nutrients and moist soil. The Carolina Wild Petunia also needs bright shade in order to grow. These beautiful flowers grow in spring and early summer so need shade from the sun, but also a little bit of sun. In the winter time the Carolina Petunia can be brought in as inside plant.

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