A while back, I wrote about the new black petunias and how popular I thought they’d be this season. I was right. They popped up everywhere, and my favorite nursery had plenty. Of course, I had to buy some, and they were very black and very “velvety” –until now.
All of a sudden, they are showing some yellow stripes. This is definitely not what I had in mind when I bought them. I did a little research, and lo and behold, I am not alone. It seems that under certain conditions such as “stress” (like what – sun and fresh air and water, maybe?) these plants revert to black with yellow stripes – the cultivars “Phantom” or “Pinstripe” or whatever.
I know that these reversions are common in highly hybridized and new introductions. I just didn’t think it would be that fast.