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PlantFiles: Old Fashioned Vining Petunia
Petunia multiflora

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Petunia (peh-TEWN-ya) (Info)
Species: multiflora (mul-tih-FLOR-uh) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive keithja On Jan 12, 2005, keithja from Wilmington, DE wrote:

This nicely scented, old-fashioned garden petunia is a favorite of mine for container plantings and sunny borders.

Just for clarification, it should be noted that Petunia multiflora is not a true botanical species and is a misnomer. There are however several classifications of Petunia x hybrida that include Multiflora types (petunias with smaller, more numerous flowers and trailing habits) as well as Grandiflora, Floribunda and Milliflora types.

Positive meadowgarden On Aug 6, 2004, meadowgarden from Rockford, IL (Zone 4b) wrote:

Great plant. I like it better than most modern cultivars. It doesn't melt. It is most attractive if it is pinched back when young

Positive suzcol On Apr 24, 2004, suzcol from Fort Valley, GA wrote:

Recently moved to Peach County, GA. Well established plantings both shrubs and flowers around the house, but not maintained for some time. I was joyfully surprised to find this month (April)that Petunia's are just popping up all over the yard in 'patches' as well as single plants! Various shades from pale to dark lavendar's and pinks. Some are 6" to 10" and some even taller! Some, as I stated, are in 'clumps' and others just scattered about! I had a difficult time cutting the lawn because I had to cut many of these brave and beautiful little plants down. Since I am from FL have have little experience in GA gardening..does anyone know if I can pull these plants up (dig them up) and re-locate them to one general location with success? and..why are they just popping up like this??! ...Thanks!

Positive berrygirl On Aug 25, 2003, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I grew this in a hanging basket and it is wonderful. Spills over and hangs wonderfully. I have saw hummers at it a few times. Very fragrant in the evening. I will plant more next year in a bed. These are the ones my granny grew and I love them!

Neutral pj1143 On Nov 19, 2000, pj1143 from Boise, ID (Zone 6a) wrote:

Strong growing plants with trailing 2-3' stems. Flowers are a mixture of white, pink, lavender and purple. Very fragrant blossoms from June until frost. Will self-seed.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Seward, Alaska
Arcadia, Florida
Holiday, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Ponce De Leon, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Decatur, Georgia
Fort Valley, Georgia
Somerville, Massachusetts
Independence, Missouri
Flushing, New York
Prosperity, South Carolina
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Broaddus, Texas
Cleburne, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Bremerton, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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