Sunday, April 21, 2013

Petunias gone wild

Open-pollinated Petunias
On sunny late afternoons, usually around dusk, these seed grown Petunias, which have relatively small flowers ,seem to have more in kin with the original wild night scented species which was discovered in South America more than a century ago.
They release a heady perfume, a sort of musky spicy smell which is obviously meant to attract a moth pollinator from afar.
Perfume in flowering plants is often lost the more extensively they are improved. I think something can be said for growing some of the old open-pollinated flower varieties as well as trying the new flamboyant hybrids.

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