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The Petunia (Petunia spp.)is
a very popular and widely cultivated flower that originally
comes from South America. Petunias are seen accenting
gardens all over the world, but the majority of them
are actually hybrids. Since there has been so many hybrids
cross-bred, the colours and flower sizes of Petunias
Most Petunias are pollinated by insects. One species,
Petunia exserta, is pollinated by birds. Petunias
need to reproduce with the same species, as most are
infertile when mixed with other species.
An interesting note is that the Petunia,
tomatos, potatos and tobacco are all members of the
same family, which is Solanaceae.
No one can talk about the Petunia
without mentioning the Petunia Capital of the world.
Dixon, Illinois has an annual Petunia Festival.
This flower event draws people from all over the world.
The city hosts a large parade with the streets being
lined in Petunias. They also have a mascot for the event;