Petunia by Andrews, 1861
Petunia by James Andrews, 1861.
The petunia is a popular garden flower of South American origin, in the family Solanaceae. It prefers areas of low humidity and moist soil, but it can be cultivated in a wide range of climates. Germination takes place in five to fifteen days and maximum growth occurs in late spring. Dead petals need to be trimmed away so that new buds can form and blossom. The plant also requires five hours of sunlight per day in order to remain healthy. There are a number of petunia species but most garden varieties of the flower are hybrids. The petunia featured on this plate was described in The Florist, Fruitist, and Garden Miscellany, as being wiry, with small blossoms, and difficult to propagate. It is also mentions that it has a sweet fragrance at night.
James Andrews (1801-1876) was an English artist specializing in botanicals. He was most noted for his beautiful illustrations and his work was published in a number of well known nature books. Andrews also taught flower painting to young ladies, in addition to being an illustrator.
- Naomi Bean