Definition of petunia in English:


Syllabification: pe·tu·nia
Pronunciation: /pəˈt(y)o͞onyə


A plant of the nightshade family with brightly colored funnel-shaped flowers. Native to tropical America, it has been widely developed as an ornamental hybrid, with numerous varieties.
  • Petunia × hybrida, family Solanaceae
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  • Tried and true varieties include Gerbera daisy, pink and purple wave petunia, begonias, Calla lilies, fragrant heliotrope and stock.
  • White cyclamen, snapdragons, petunias and alyssum are cool-season annuals you can add now.
  • Geraniums, pansies, petunias, primroses and snapdragons could provide shades of red late fall through spring.


modern Latin, from French petun, from Guarani petyn 'tobacco' (to which these plants are related).

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