The light lavender or light purple flowers are funnel-shaped, with 5 flaredlobes, and range in length from 1½-2½". There are usually fine purple lines towards the center of the corolla that function as nectar guides to visitinginsects. There is no noticeable floral scent. A flower typically opens duringthe morning and falls off the plant by evening. The overall appearance of HairyWild Petunia resembles cultivated petunias, but they are members of differentplant families. The blooming period occurs from early summer to late summer, and lasts about 2 months. The root system is fibrous. The dark seeds are fairlylarge and fall to the ground not far from the mother plant.
Note: As mentioned, I picked up several flowers later in the day to examine them, and they fell right of the stem, leaving the purple trumpet bloom in a single piece (on the ground) and the pistil and stamen parts still sticking from the stem. I put the nectar to my tongue and found it less sweat than honeysuckle, but still a treat.
NOTE: ID AR is now largely defunct. Flickr, Youtube, and Google Plus have taken over my photo world. I am keeping this here as a repository, and to help ME find the names of things.... So enjoy, but not much new here.
Welcome to ID Arkansas, your slowly growing identification guide to the weeds, trees, plants, wildflowers, flowers, flora and fauna of Arkansas, by the very debonair photographer, Kirk Jordan. (I had to say all those things for search engines).
My goal for this site is to blend science and asthetics in such a way that we might see, name, and delight in the things which God has made -- through artful yet highly-descriptive photographs. As for content, I am an amateur naturalist at best, and will readily take your corrections, additions, or submissions. Consider this a shared project. (And where you see incomplete posts and errors, consider the photographer way too busy!)
The dates on this site may or may not reflect the actual post dates (or photo dates). I plan to monkey with the dates by year, so that current blooming things display near top.
Beyond that, the SEARCH box in the upper-left corner, or the lables list below may help you find a specific thing. Try common names, colors, or other descriptive words to see if you find a match.
Unless otherwise noted, all pictures on this site are copywrited by photographer Kirk Jordan. If you wish to "borrow" a picture here or there for your non-commercial blog, you may do so with appropriate credit and link info.
Students and teachers may likewise use pictures for presentations (Credit: Kirk Jordan, ID Arkansas). In as much as these are low resolution scans, they make for pretty poor prints. I would gladly sell you a fine print at a reasonable price. For more info, contact Kirk at