Experts from the Ozeleneniye (Landscaping) government-funded agency have recently grown a total of about ten million petunias, which will be planted in Moscow’s flowerbeds. To decorate the city, experts will be using more than 25 colours and shades of petunia, including white, pink, red, burgundy, cherry red, pale blue, yellow, purple, lemon yellow, crimson, orange, salmon, blue, lilac, plum and violet, the urban governance complex reports.
A total of three petunia varieties will be planted in Moscow. Petunia grandiflora is resistant to temperature change, while petunia multiflora can survive strong winds and heavy rainfall. The most popular variety is the cascading petunia, characterised by long-term, abundant flowering.
Petunias were first discovered in 1793, on the outskirts of Montevideo, capital of Uruguay. Later, 30 more varieties of the plant were found in the tropical regions of South America. These were then classified into one genus, Petunia.
Experts have also grown more than six million begonias for use in Moscow’s flowerbeds. These flowers were chosen by Muscovites during a vote on the Active Citizen website. Begonias help reduce the concentration of dust in the air, fight pathogenic microbes and bacteria, and are good for the cardiovascular system.