Madness Summer Petunia

Macro photograph captured with my new macro lens, the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 USM.  Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Petunias are a popular flowering plant typically seen in hanging baskets or cascading from window boxes and containers. These hardly flowers are generally grown as annuals in the United States, but they are actually a tender perennial, which means they will live for years if they are protected from a hard frost. These flowers are generally not used in floral bouquets and arrangements, but may be presented as a potted plant that can be grown outside.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

Petunias are a genus of flowers in the Solanaceae family that originated in South America, specifically Brazil and Argentina. The solanaceae family also includes tomatoes, chili peppers and tobacco. In fact, it is the petunia’s resemblance to tobacco that earned it its name. The name petunia comes from the Aboriginal name petun which means “a tobacco that does not make a good smoke”.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

The petunia flower symbolizes anger and resentment especially when they are presented by someone with whom you have recently had a heated disagreement. They can also symbolize your desire to spend time with someone because you find their company soothing and peaceful. According to some sources, petunias are also a symbol of not losing hope.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

There are no specific meanings assigned to the color of petunia flowers, but you can use the color meaning assigned to all flowers to tailor the meaning of your petunias.

  • Red – Passion & Love
  • Purple – Enchantment, Fantasy, Charm, Grace, Mystery
  • Pink – Motherly Love, Femininity, Gentleness, Compassion
  • Yellow – Respect, Friendship, Sympathy
  • Blue – Deep Trust , Peacefulness, Intimacy
  • White – Innocence, Trust, Truth, Dignity

Potted petunias are appropriate for housewarmings or as hostess gifts. They are often presented at Mother’s Day or other spring celebrations. They are appropriate for promotions, graduations and other achievements, and make an excellent gift for gardeners as the plants will produce abundant flowers from spring until frost.

Photo by ©Omar Upegui R.

The petunia flower’s message depends on the circumstances. They make a thoughtful gift for those who enjoy outside flowers, but are not practical for an inside display for more than a few days. Consider potted petunias as hostess gifts or present them to someone who has just moved into the neighborhood.

Good Day!

Source:  Petunia Flower: Its Meanings and Symbolism


9 thoughts on “Madness Summer Petunia”

    1. Hi Linda;

      Couldn’t listen to the song. The video is not availabe in this country. Grrrr.

      Our petunia plant is getting its daily dose of sunshine and getting greener, stronger and blooming as much as it can.

      We plan to buy more plants in the future. Two purposes: decorate the house and photographing them.

      I’m enamoured with flowers as you already know.



      1. The song is called “I’m a lonely little petunia in an onion patch.” There might be another version you can see. My mom and dad used to sing it to me.

  1. I always plant petunias in the spring…how wonderful it would be to have them year round. “a tobacco that does not make a good smoke”, that cracked me up, haha. Also, how would you know when it is a gift if they are angry/resentful or they are wishing you well? I guess you’d have to be aware if you angered someone 🙂 Great informational post, Omar.

    1. Hola Barbara:

      Good for you Barbara. I knew you planted veggies, but not flowers. What a great way to spend your Spring days!

      I guess that if you are angry with somebody, you would not give a plant, unless it is accompanied with a white flag. Then it becomes a gesture of peace. What do you think? 🙂

      I hope people who love flowers will take advantage of this information. I know my wife and I did.

      Take Care,l


  2. Hi Linda:

    Hopped over to YouTube and found the song: “I’m a Lonely Little Petunia in an Onion Patch” performed by Dick “Two Ton” Baker and his Music Makers (1947).

    It’s a nice little song for kids I thinketh. Not easily forgotten with the passing of time.

    Thank you sharing.


  3. Hello Dearest Ana:

    These were the pictures I mentioned a couple of days ago. They were all shot with my new macro lens. I don’t have the real feel for it yet, so take these shots as part of a process of exploration—trial and error, if you will.

    As my skills develop, of course there will more of this genre of photography in the upcoming future. I’m glad you are in for flowers, colors, shapes and patterns. Isn’t Mother Nature magnificent?

    God Bless,


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