Limestone Wild Petunia (Strepens)

The Limestone Wild Petunia (Strepens) is generally described as a perennial forb/herb. This is native to the U.S. (United States) has its most active growth period in the spring . The Limestone Wild Petunia (Strepens) has green foliage and inconspicuous purple flowers, with a smattering of conspicuous yellow fruits or seeds. The greatest bloom is usually observed in the early spring, with fruit and seed production starting in the summer and continuing until summer. Leaves are not retained year to year. The Limestone Wild Petunia (Strepens) has a short life span relative to most other plant species and a moderate growth rate. At maturity, the typical Limestone Wild Petunia (Strepens) will reach up to 3.6 feet high, with a maximum height at 20 years of 0 inches.

The Limestone Wild Petunia (Strepens) is not commonly available from nurseries, garden stores and other plant dealers and distributors. It can be propagated by container, seed. It has a slow ability to spread through seed production and the seedlings have medium vigor. Note that cold stratification is not required for seed germination and the plant cannot survive exposure to temperatures below -13°F. has medium tolerance to drought and restricted water conditions.

Plant Basics
Category
Growth Rate Moderate
General Type Forb/herb
Growth Period Spring
Growth Duration Perennial
Lifespan Short
Plant Nativity Native to U.S.
Commercial Availability No Known Source
Physical Characteristics
Bloom Period Early Spring
Displays Fall Colors No
Shape/Growth Form Single Stem
Drought Tolerance Medium
Shade Tolerance Tolerant
Height When Mature 3.6
Vegetative Spread None
Flower Color Purple
Flower Conspicuousness Yes
Fruit/Seed Abundance Low
Fruit/Seed Seasonality Summer Summer
Seed Spread Rate Slow
Gardening Characteristics
Propagations (Ways to Grow) Container, Seed
Moisture Requirements Low
Cold Stratification Required No
Minimum Temperature -13
Soil Depth for Roots 6
Toxic to Nearby Plants No
Toxic to Livestock No
After-Harvest Regrowth Rate Slow
After-Harvest Resprout Ability No
Responds to Coppicing No
Growth Requirements
pH Range 6–8.5 pH
Precipitation Range 40–40 inches/yr
Planting Density 10912–43560 indiv./acre
Soil Textures Fine, Medium
Soil Depth for Roots 6
Minimum Frost-Free Days 180 day(s)
Salinity Tolerance None
CaCO3 Tolerance High
Sustainability & Use
Leaf Retention No
Palatability Medium
Fire Resistant No
Causes Livestock Bloating None

Source: USDA, NRCS, PLANTS Database, plants.usda.gov.
National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA