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The Petunia

Mr. Burbank has made many very interesting breeding experiments with the Petunia. Samples of his productions are shown in this color reproduction. Perhaps the most interesting single experiment with this flower was that in which Mr. Burbank hybridized the Petunia and the Tobacco plant. The resulting hybrid was a very curious plant which combined the characteristics of both parents. Mr, Burbank named it the Nicotunia. It was faceteously described as a petunia that had acquired the tobacco habit. Unfortunately the hybrids lacked vitality, and did not produce a permanent race.

The Petunia

This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 2 Chapter 9