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Petunia 'Black Velvet'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Petunia (peh-TEWN-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Velvet
Additional cultivar information: (PPAF; aka Balpevac)
Hybridized by Ball FloraPlant; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2010

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Suseart On Oct 10, 2011, Suseart from Ramona, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I bought two of these and it turned out that one was phantom, which is what I was actually looking for. I love them both though, they are gorgeous and still blooming in October. I have them in hanging baskets- they look great! One tip I have is to deadhead for regrowth.

Positive coffinitup On May 31, 2011, coffinitup from Pahrump, NV wrote:

GORGEOUS petunia!
A favorite to be sure.
VERY beautiful aroma as well.
Does best in partially shaded area here, (but we are minutes away from Death Valley.)

Neutral vossner On Mar 2, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I think it is great as a novelty, and it certainly looks like black velvet; however, I don't find it nearly as showy as your standard red or hot pink petunia. IMO, this one is great as a conversation item but whether it will be noticeable in the garden, I don't know. Kinda like painting a fence black--becomes invisible. Being a new item, I had to have one and potted it with some dark coleus and yellow petunia.

Positive Kell On Jan 3, 2011, Kell from Northern California, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Black Velvet is the first and as of now the only solid black petunia available. It is just like black velvet. It really does look jet black most of the time deep purple at other times. Just incredible.

This mounded upright grower was a Ball FloraPlant 2010 offering in the California Spring Trials. It was shown along with its also black siblings Phantom and Pinstripe, both bicolors. I found it in the summer of 2010 and was thrilled. At times, a petal or 2 had yellow splotches but the majority of blooms were a solid color. Black Velvet petunia is a very special introduction with such unique coloring! It is a A Simply BeautifulŪ selection.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

El Cajon, California
Pahrump, Nevada
Richmond, Texas

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