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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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CAROLINA WILD PETUNIA
A common wildflower of sandhills, flatwoods and hammocks throughout most of Florida. The range extends throughout the southeast coastal states from New Jersey to Texas, plus Oklahoma and east of the Mississippi north into Illinois to Pennsylvania.
Flowers are bluish violet and funnel shaped 2.5-5 cm (1-2 in.) long and sessile. The corolla has five nearly equal sized lobes and four stamens. The leaves are opposite, simple, entire, lanceolate to ovate, 4-10 cm (1.5 - 4 in.) long and tapering to a short petiole. Fruit is a smooth capsule 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cm (0.5 - 0.6 in.) long with brown seeds. Flowers bloom from spring through summer and into fall.