Family: Solanaceae

Common Name: Black Velvet Petunia, Black Cat Petunia


Black Velvet Petunia (Petunia) is about as black as a flower can get.  It is a smaller plant with velvety very dark purple flowers. Also know as Black Cat Petunia.

Plant TypeAnnuals, Perennial Tender
Hardiness Zone10-11
Sunlightdoes best in full to at least 1/2 day sum
Soil & Siteaverage
Growing Mediaaverage patio
TemperatureAcclimated plants are very tolerant of cooler to cold temperatures. In zone #5 they do best in the early spring to early summer (May-June), have a tendency to slow down in the hot drier months and than come on strong in the cool fall (mid-September-October). With a little protection I have had Petunia's in bloom on Turkey Day. Hardened Petunias can be plant in early May (zone #5
Flowersvelvety texture , is actually a dark purple and not black
Leavesalternate and covered with a viscid pubescence, making them sticky when pinched
Dimensions8-12 inches making them on the small side for Petunias
MaintenanceContainer plants need to be pruned to keep the plants compact. Deadheading will promote longer bloom time in both bedded and container grown plants. Plants in the garden may need cutting back in the hotter times of the year. Fertilize on a regular basis. Petunias will reseed but the prodigy will not be true to type. I have found seedlings in the expansion cracks of my patio.
Propagationseeds, cuttings
Cultivar Origincreated by Jianping Ren W. Atlee Burpee & Co.
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