Common Name: petunia 
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Solanaceae
Zone: 10 to 11
Height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to October
Bloom Description: Pink with red-purple veins
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Annual
Flower: Showy, Fragrant


Tender perennial that is winter hardy to USDA Zones 10-11. In St. Louis, it is grown as an annual. Performs well in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to light shade. Tolerates poor soils as long as drainage is good. Although many petunias may be grown from seed sown indoors 10-12 weeks before last frost date, many gardeners search local nurseries for interesting cultivars in inexpensive cell/six packs and only resort to seed in situations where a specific cultivar is sought that is only available from seed. Purchased plants often benefit from pinching at the time of planting. Prompt deadheading of spent flowers promotes more rapid formation of new buds. Cut back plants that become leggy. If plants decline in the heat of summer, cut back to stimulate later bloom. Favorite or unique plants may be overwintered indoors in bright cool location. Most hybrids do not come true from seed.

SUPERTUNIA VISTA BUBBLEGUM is a vigorous bloomer that performs well in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Tolerates some light shade. It is a patented plant that does not produce viable seed. Plants may be purchased from local nurseries. Purchased plants often benefit from pinching at the time of planting. Pinching typically stimulates growth of lateral branches. Cut back plants that become leggy.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Second only to impatiens in annual bedding plant sales, the petunia has been a popular plant for many years due in large part to its ease of culture and non-stop flowering from spring to frost. Most of the petunias commonly sold in commerce today are complex hybrids (P. axillaris x P. integrifolia). These hybrids are generally bushy to spreading in habit, typically growing 10-14” tall but spreading to as much as 2-3’ wide. They feature funnel-shaped single to double flowers in virtually all colors except brown and black with some picotees and bicolors. Common hybrid groupings include: Grandiflora hybrids (large flowers to 4” wide), Multiflora hybrids (smaller but more abundant flowers to 2” wide) and Cascading hybrids (pendulous-stemmed varieties useful in hanging baskets or as ground covers). Most flowers have some fragrance.

Genus name comes from the Latinized form of the Brazilian name petun for tobacco, to which these plants are closely related.

'Ustuni6001', commonly marketed as SUPERTUNIA VISTA BUBBLEGUM, is a hybrid petunia that is noted for its heavy spring-to-frost bloom of salverform, bright medium pink flowers (to 2" wide) with red-purple veins. Flowers have a slight fragrance. Each plant typically grows in a semi-upright to cascading mound to 18-24" tall and as wide. Elliptic green leaves (to 1 1/2" long). U.S. Plant Patent PP17,730 was issued on May 15, 2007.


No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to root rot, gray mold, late blight and tobacco mosaic virus. Watch for aphids, flea beetles, slugs and snails.


Beds, borders, edging, or ground cover. Containers, window boxes, hanging baskets.