Petunia Petunia × atkinsiana Mirage Series

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
petunia Mirage Series


The plant, commonly known as Petunia, belongs to the Mirage Series, displaying a delightful array of vibrant colors. The blossoms are particularly eye-catching, often showcasing a vivid blend of hues that include pinks, purples, reds, whites, and blues, sometimes with enchanting patterns or veins that add to their allure. The trumpet-shaped flowers are poised gracefully on the green foliage, making them a standout in any garden setting. The leaves themselves have a plush, velvety texture and are a deep shade of green, offering a perfect backdrop to the colorful, cheerful blooms. These flowers are well-loved for their ability to bring a splash of color to gardens and landscapes.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Garden Petunia, Petunia

    • Common names

      Petunia × hybrida Mirage Series.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Petunias, including the Petunia × atkinsiana Mirage Series, are generally not considered toxic to humans. They are commonly used in gardens and floral arrangements without concern for human health. There is no well-documented evidence of petunias causing poisoning in humans, and ingestion of any part of the plant is unlikely to cause more than mild gastrointestinal discomfort, if any symptoms occur at all.

    • To pets

      Petunias, such as the Petunia × atkinsiana Mirage Series, are also not known to be toxic to pets, including cats and dogs. These plants are often used in home gardens and are typically safe around animals. Ingesting petunias should not result in any significant symptoms of poisoning in pets, and at most, might cause mild gastrointestinal upset, like vomiting or diarrhea, especially if consumed in large quantities.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Spread

      1 foot (30 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Vibrant Colors: The Petunia Mirage Series offers a wide range of vivid colors, adding aesthetic appeal to gardens and landscapes.
    • Continuous Blooming: These petunias are known for their long blooming period, providing flowers throughout the growing season.
    • Low Maintenance: They require minimal upkeep, making them ideal for busy gardeners or those new to gardening.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, they can tolerate short periods of drought, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Versatility: Suitable for containers, hanging baskets, and garden beds, allowing for diverse gardening design and use.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers attract bees, butterflies, and other beneficial pollinators to the garden.
    • Fast Growing: These plants grow quickly, providing rapid coverage and filling in garden spaces efficiently.
    • Easy Propagation: Petunias can be easily propagated from cuttings or seeds, making it simple to expand the garden display.
    • Disease Resistance: The Mirage Series is bred for improved resistance to common petunia diseases, ensuring healthier plants.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Photography Prop: Petunias are often used by photographers as a vibrant and attractive background or a prop in garden photography to create visually appealing images.
    • Educational Tool: Botany educators can use the petunia as a model organism to illustrate plant biology, genetics, and hybridization due to its easily observable traits and garden popularity.
    • Insect Habitat: By planting petunias, gardeners can provide a habitat for beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies, which are attracted to their bright colors and nectar.
    • Artistic Inspiration: The diverse colors of petunias can serve as inspiration to artists and designers for color palettes and design ideas.
    • Culinary Decoration: Although not commonly known for their taste, petunia petals can be used as decorative elements in culinary presentations, for accentuating desserts and salads after ensuring they are free of pesticides.
    • Crafts and Dyeing: The vibrant petals of petunias can be used in crafts for making natural dyes that are used to color fabrics or paper products.
    • Mood Enhancement: The array of colors and pleasant appearance of petunias can be used to enhance the mood and create a positive atmosphere in living spaces and events.
    • Container Gardening Education: Petunias are excellent for demonstrating the principles of container gardening and effective use of space in urban gardening workshops.
    • Floral Perfumery: Although not a common use, the subtle fragrance of petunias can be explored in DIY perfumery or homemade potpourri blends.
    • Flower Pressing and Scrapbooking: Petunias can be pressed and dried to be used in scrapbooking, flower pressing crafts, and creating preserved floral arrangements.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Petunia is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Petunia is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Anger or Resentment: Petunias can sometimes symbolize anger or resentment, possibly due to their bold colors and demeanor.
    • Desire: The petunia's vivid and various colors can be used to indicate a burning passion or longing.
    • Comfort: They can also be given to provide comfort or to soothe someone in times of distress.
    • Motherly Love: The petunia can represent the soothing presence and devotion of a mother's care.

Every 2-3 days
10000 - 20000 Lux
Every year
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Petunias should be watered thoroughly once the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. This usually means watering at a frequency of once every 5 to 7 days, depending on climate conditions. It’s important to avoid overhead watering to minimize the risk of disease; instead, water at the base of the plant. A typical watering might involve using approximately half a gallon per plant for outdoor petunias, ensuring that the soil becomes moist but not waterlogged.

  • sunLight

    Petunias thrive in full sun exposure, meaning at least six hours of direct sunlight per day. Place them in a spot where they receive ample morning light, which is less intense and less likely to cause wilting compared to the harsh afternoon sun. However, petunias can still perform well with some light shade, especially in regions with very hot summer weather.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Petunias prefer a warm climate and are generally grown as annuals. They thrive in temperatures between 60 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit but can survive in temperatures as low as 39 degrees and as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Avoid exposure to frost, as temperatures below freezing can kill the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning petunias encourages bushier growth and more blooms. Pinch off the tips of the stems and any faded blooms throughout the growing season to promote new growth. Deadheading regularly, which can be done every few days to weekly, also helps the plant direct energy into producing more flowers. The best time for more significant pruning is midsummer, when plants can become leggy.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The ideal soil mix for Petunia 'Mirage' should be light and well-draining, composed of a blend of peat moss, perlite, and garden loam in equal parts. The soil pH should be slightly acidic to neutral, ranging between 5.5 and 7.0. Regular feeding with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer will promote healthy growth and vibrant blooms.

  • plantRepotting

    Petunias, including the 'Mirage' series, typically do not require frequent repotting as they are annuals. They are generally planted afresh each year; however, if you start with a small container, you may repot once it is rootbound or to refresh the soil, usually once during its growing season.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Petunias, such as the 'Mirage' series, are adaptable to a wide range of humidity levels and perform best in average environmental humidity. It's not necessary to adjust humidity, making these plants suitable for most natural outdoor settings.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Petunia 'Mirage' in a sunny window and ensure good air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Petunia 'Mirage' in full sun and protect from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      9-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Petunia × atkinsiana Mirage Series, commonly known as Petunia, begins its life as a seed, which upon encountering favourable conditions such as warm temperatures and moisture, germinates and develops into a small seedling. The seedling then grows rapidly, forming a rosette of leaves close to the soil surface before its stems elongate. During the vegetative stage, the plant develops a robust root system and lush foliage. The transition to the flowering stage is marked by the development of buds that bloom into vibrant, trumpet-shaped flowers that are the hallmark of the Petunia. After pollination, the flowers produce seeds within a capsule, completing the reproductive cycle. Eventually, as temperatures drop or other environmental conditions become unfavorable, the annual Petunia plant wilts and dies, leaving behind seeds to begin a new life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: Petunia × atkinsiana Mirage Series, commonly known as Petunia, can best be propagated through seeds. The ideal propagation time is late winter or early spring, to allow the seedlings to grow strong enough before transplanting outdoors after the threat of frost has passed. To propagate Petunias by seeds, simply scatter the seeds onto the surface of a well-draining seed starting mix, as Petunia seeds need light to germinate. Covering them lightly with a thin layer of soil or vermiculite can help maintain moisture. The soil should be kept at a temperature of around 70 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (about 21 to 24 degrees Celsius) and consistently moist. Germination typically occurs within 7 to 14 days. Once seedlings emerge, they should be provided with ample light and thinned out to prevent overcrowding, ensuring the strongest plants have room to mature.