Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Petunia, a genus of South American Solanacese closely allied to the tobacco, petun being the Brazilian name for tobacco. They have sticky leaves; pentamerous bicarpellate flowers with a trumpet-shaped corolla, unequal included stamens, and one style; and a many-seeded capsule. Several species and hybrids, with flowers of many bright colours, are grown in our gardens.