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)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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


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!


On Aug 25, 2003, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) 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!


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.