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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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The world’s first winter hardy petunia?

Posted by Graham Rice on 23 Mar 2009 at 02:31 PM

Petunia Wintunia in containers. Image: Gardening Direct.This is intriguing. Said to the "the world's first winter hardy petunia", the Wintunia makes a big bushy plant with unexpectedly starry flowers. The colours come in pink, magenta, white, and a pink-and-white striped form plus an especially attractive lavender pink with white-edged leaves.

Bred in Japan, it's said to flower from about now right through the summer and if it really does survive the winter it'll be quite a breakthrough.

As you'll have gathered - I've never seen it and the world seems very short of information on this surprising development. To be honest, I can't quite see it surviving a winter like the last one but then I'm always a bit sceptical.

I have to say that I'm especially sceptical when I see any plant cited as "the world's first...". Witness the newly touted "world's first yellow geranium" - how long ago was it I first saw "the world's first yellow geranium" (from the same supplier as the new one, I might add!)? Twenty years ago is my guess.  And any plant with cutesy name - Wintunia - always makes me wonder. But if  the Wintunia is as good as Gardening Direct say it is, I'll be the first to sing its praises.

If you grow it, let me know how you get on.

You can order the Wintunia from Gardening Direct.



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on 23 Mar 2009 at 03:31 PM

arisaema said:

So these are in fact real Petunias, and not Ruellia cultivars..?

on 10 Apr 2009 at 09:45 AM