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Petunia, Wave Hybrids

Annual Flower

Petunia x hybrida WAVE
Solanaceae Family

Wave Petunias are a popular group of hybrids valued for their large, colorful blooms and unique creeping growing habit. Spreading up to 4 feet, these plants add huge mats of color to gardens and containers. Unlike most petunias, these bloom without getting leggy by midseason.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil
Prefers moist but well-drained soil.

Special locations:

  • outdoor containers
  • xeriscapes
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: annual

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 0.66 to 1 feet

Spread: 1 to 4 feet

Bloom time:

  • early summer
  • mid-summer
  • late summer
  • early fall
  • mid-fall

Flower color:

  • violet
  • white
  • pink

Flowers are up to 4” wide and trumpet-shaped.

Foliage color: medium green

Foliage texture: medium

Shape: spreading mass

Shape in flower: same as above

Special Considerations
  • frost
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Hybrid with South American parents.
  • butterflies - Attracts moths.
  • hummingbirds
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by seed - Sow the seeds indoors 10 to 12 weeks before the last spring frost, leaving the seeds uncovered as light aids germination. Pre-started petunias are readily available at retail outlets.

Germination temperature: 80 F

Days to emergence: 7 to 10

Maintenance and care:
Wave hybrids don't need deadheading or cutting back like many other petunias. Fertilize every two weeks until midsummer.

More growing information: How to Grow Annuals

Parasitic nematodes
Powdery mildew
Botrytis blight
Sclerotinia stem rot
Viral diseases
‘Purple Wave’: deep purple flowers with darker purple centers. Has the greatest spread of all 4 varieties.

‘Pink Wave’: bright pink flowers with pale pink/white centers.

‘Rose Wave’: deep rosy-red blooms with white centers and darker rose veining.

‘Misty Lilac Wave’: Pale lavender flowers. Has the largest blooms of all 4 varieties.