Petunia Flower Meaning2017-03-22T18:22:57+00:00

Petunia Flower: Its Meanings & Symbolism


Petunias are a popular flowering plant typically seen in hanging baskets or cascading from window boxes and containers. These hardly flowers are generally grown as annuals in the United States, but they are actually a tender perennial, which means they will live for years if they are protected from a hard frost. These flowers are generally not used in floral bouquets and arrangements, but may be presented as a potted plant that can be grown outside.

What Does the Petunia Flower Mean?

The meaning of petunias can be contradictory, leading to some confusion – but remember the meaning of any flower depends on the circumstances and the relationship between the giver and the recipient. Petunia flower meaning is also affected by the color of the flowers. Some commonly accepted meanings for petunia flowers include:

  • Anger
  • Resentment
  • Being with you is soothing

Etymological Meaning of the Petunia Flower

Petunias are a genus of flowers in the Solanaceae family that originated in South America. The solanaceae family also includes tomatoes, chili peppers and tobacco. In fact, it is the petunia’s resemblance to tobacco that earned it its name. The name petunia comes from the Aboriginal name petun which means “a tobacco that does not make a good smoke”.

Symbolism of the Petunia Flower

The petunia flower symbolizes anger and resentment especially when they are presented by someone with whom you have recently had a heated disagreement. They can also symbolize your desire to spend time with someone because you find their company soothing and peaceful. According to some sources, petunias are also a symbol of not losing hope.

Petunia Flower Color Meanings

There are no specific meanings assigned to the color of petunia flowers, but you can use the color meaning assigned to all flowers to tailor the meaning of your petunias.

  • Red – Passion & Love
  • Purple – Enchantment, Fantasy, Charm, Grace, Mystery
  • Pink – Motherly Love, , Femininity, Gentleness, Compassion
  • Yellow – Respect, Friendship, Sympathy
  • Blue – Deep Trust , Peacefulness, Intimacy
  • White – Innocence, Trust, Truth, Dignity


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Meaningful Botanical Characteristics of the Petunia Flower

Petunias are an ornamental flower grown during the summer months to brighten the landscape. In Victorian weddings they symbolize “your company suits me”. Historically, petunias have been used in Shamanism to promote altered states of perception.

Special Occasions for the Petunia Flowers

Potted petunias are appropriate for housewarmings or as hostess gifts. They are often presented at Mother’s Day or other spring celebrations. They are appropriate for promotions, graduations and other achievements, and make an excellent gift for gardeners as the plants will produce abundant flowers from spring until frost.

The Petunia Flower’s Message Is…

The petunia flower’s message depends on the circumstances. They make a thoughtful gift for those who enjoy outside flowers, but are not practical for an inside display for more than a few days. Consider potted petunias as hostess gifts or present them to someone who has just moved into the neighborhood.

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  1. Mary August 25, 2016 at 3:56 am - Reply

    Why would a plant suddenly appear in my back yard. Almost almost 10 years living in my house and it popped up out of the ground in my backyard . In the middle of dirt rocks and some grass. Pink ones. It’s so weird. Any suggestions out there ????

    • Greta October 6, 2016 at 2:30 pm - Reply

      Same thing happened to me. I also had hibiscus and honeysuckle pop out of nowhere. White and purple hibiscus, a rose tree blooms back there too. This year certainly felt odd though, things just popping up after never setting then since I’ve between here for three years. The neighbor had been here line he days he’s NEVER seen it do this…. it’s around my part of the duplex well. What I think is that someone once had a beautiful garden. When they left no one bothered with setting AOL the signs that there was a nice garden here once. I’ve heard we had a warm winter and that’s why they sprang up. Still, I like my symbolism. 🙂

      • Greta October 6, 2016 at 2:38 pm - Reply

        Okay, *seeing them. Not setting then. *been here for three years. * The neighbor has been here longer and he Says….. setting AOL should read (thank goodness for smart phones 😐 ) seeing all the signs*

  2. Dawn September 8, 2016 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    The lords creation point to his glory seems he would like to show you his beauty can spring forth in your life even in those times and places you least expect.
    The symbolism of the petunia might be a good read there are many attributes that reflect his character. Most of all the symbolism that most struck my spirit is
    “Your company suits me”
    Blessings friend

  3. Nicole Lynn Patti February 27, 2018 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    easy care, grow quickly, strong, long lasting, fills large space. looks fragile but acts like a weed! maybe that is the contradiction of the meaning behind it. don’t judge a book by its cover!

  4. Lesa Booth May 10, 2018 at 1:47 am - Reply

    Birds are usually the culprit of despensing seeds to other locations

    • Miri June 5, 2018 at 7:12 am - Reply

      Thank you for a sensible explanation. 🙂

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