Perennial Petunias in Maine

Petunias are herbaceous perennials that gardeners have turned into annuals. These colorful flowers are available in all hues of the rainbow with simple to elaborate patterned markings. Petunias are low-maintenance flowers once established and used for attracting hummingbirds or butterflies. Maine is known for cultivating some of the prettiest petunias in the United States, with All-America Selection (AAS) winning petunias on display at the University of Maine’s Rogers Farm.

Supertunia Mini Rose Veined Petunia

The supertunia mini rose veined petunia is a hybrid petunia that is drought and heat tolerant. This flower is known for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies. The petunia is low maintenance and excellent for landscaping needs, plus it is a pet friendly plant. The supertunia grows to a height of 4 to 8 inches with trails up to 72 inches. The petunia blooms a purplish-pink with dark purple veins that run through the petals of the flower. Plant this petunia in full sun during the spring with slow-releasing fertilizer. There are more than 26 varieties of the supertunia. Since 2003, the supertunia mini rose veined petunia has won about 20 awards including being an AAS winner.

Petunia F1 "Limbo Violet"

The petunia F1 "Limbo Violet" is a single grandiflora petunia that has huge flowers framed by a very small compact plant. These plants grow to only 6 or 7 inches in height and form a mound that can span between 10 and 12 inches. When this petunia is in bloom the plant’s green foliage is completely covered with blossoms. The petunia flourishes with large 3-inch buds that are a spectacular dark violet. The petunia F1 "Limbo Violet" is very low maintenance and a good candidate for gardens with limited space. This plant is a 2004 AAS winner.

Petunia F1 "Opera Supreme Pink Morn"

The petunia F1 "Opera Supreme Pink Morn" has stunning bright pink flowers that glow with a silver iridescence. The blossoms have white centers with yellow throats; these buds grow to be 2 1/2 inches in diameter. This petunia is a trailing plant that reaches heights of 4 to 6 inches and spans a width of 3 feet. It takes about three months from germination of the seed to the petunia blooming. The plant needs little upkeep and can be planted in full sun. This petunia won the 2007 AAS award for best bedding plant.

Petunia F1 "Ultra Crimson Star"

The petunia F1 "Ultra Crimson Star" is an elegant purple flower with a large pure white star that stretches over the whole flower. Each blossom is 3 to 4 inches in width and sits atop a compact plant. This petunia doesn’t need any pruning and requires little maintenance. The petunia F1 "Ultra Crimson Star" won its breeder Mathilde Holtrop the very first AAS bedding plant award.

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