The improvement made in the size and markings of the petunia has been marked of late.
Barbara, in the big rocker, looked up over petunia's head at her mother.
In a few days I was still more pleased to learn that I could sell my petunia sixes for 104 if so wished.
He turned into his garden and watched Max, the robot, spading in the petunia bed.
Others were given to petunia Blossom to be fixed over for her growing family.
Sometimes they are only a Geranium or two, or the gay petunia.
So petunia would feel bad if I didn't go to Sam's, would she?
A petunia and a bridal-rose might come next—the petunia twined among the others to hide its scraggy limbs.
It was only semi-double and white, but it was the commencement of a new era in petunia culture.
The petunia, as a window plant, blooms freely, and the white variety is fragrant—especially by night.
1825, from Modern Latin Petunia (1789), from French petun (16c.), an obsolete word for "tobacco plant," from Portuguese petum, from Guarani (Paraguay) pety. It has a botanical affinity to the tobacco plant. The word first is recorded (in German) as bittin; it survives as the regular word for tobacco only in Breton butun, but it was in use in English in 17c.
Many haue giuen it the name, Petum, whiche is in deede the proper name of the Hearbe, as they whiche haue traueiled that countrey can tell. [John Frampton, translation of Nicolás Monardes' "Joyful Newes Oute of the Newe Founde Worlde," 1577]