pe·​tu·​nia | \pi-ˈtün-yə, -ˈtyün-\

Definition of petunia 

: any of a genus (Petunia) of tropical South American herbs of the nightshade family that are commonly grown as annuals for their fragrant, colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers

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There's difficulty to this process: Microgravity affects mycorrhization and reducing how much protein the petunias could accept. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "An Alliance of Plants and Fungus Could Be the Key to Farming in Space," 19 Oct. 2018 The Proven Winners brand demonstrates this in one such recipe, with two plants of a yellow bidens, two plants of a rose-pink calibrachoa and one deep-purple petunia planted in a 16-inch pot. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Container culture – these pots do lots | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018 Supertunia Royal Velvet, Red or White petunias are good selections. Jo Ellen Meyers Sharp, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier Gardener: Plant your red, white and blue," 3 July 2018 Hot pink is the color of tropical Key West, from the garish bougainvillea spilling over every fence and wall to the petunias and hibiscus in its lush gardens to the houses and buildings themselves, gaily painted in every shade of pink. Lee Smith, Southern Living, "WATCH: Memories of My Summer of 1958 in Paradise," 19 June 2018 They can be found on potatoes, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, and petunias throughout North America. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "10 Most Destructive Garden Insects And How To Get Rid Of Them," 3 June 2016 Dwarf Mexican petunia often is eaten in a drought but may survive in normal rainfall years. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "The deer-proof plants you should plant this spring," 11 May 2018 The selection of everything from petunias to parsley is amazing (especially for early birds) and the prices are tough to beat. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Plan your weekend: Allee Willis, Adam Carolla, Flower Day at Eastern Market," 16 May 2018 Choosing plants First, look for annuals that have been branded as superior performers, especially among petunias, calibrachoas and verbenas. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Container culture – these pots do lots | The Sacramento Bee," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of petunia

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petunia

New Latin, from obsolete French petun tobacco, from Tupi petɨ́ma

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English Language Learners Definition of petunia

: a plant that has colorful flowers which are shaped like funnels


pe·​tu·​nia | \pə-ˈtü-nyə, -ˈtyü-\

Kids Definition of petunia

: a plant grown for its brightly colored flowers that are shaped like funnels

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