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PlantFiles: Petunia, Multiflora Petunia
Petunia 'Dolce Flambe'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Petunia (peh-TEWN-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Dolce Flambe
Additional cultivar information: (aka Dolcissima Flambe)

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


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)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
2 neutrals
3 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive terriergal On Jul 10, 2012, terriergal from Hutchinson, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

I've grown these three years from seed purchased from Park Seed. The Flambe is my favorite color. (I have done all three colors the 2nd year) One thing I don't like is that they don't' seem to have the heavy perfume that blue vein (Blue Daddy) or the dark blue or white petunias have. But they sure do look nice. I do like the variegated nature and how unique each bloom is even on the same plant. It reminds me of a watercolor painting of a Victorian garden.

I've never had much trouble getting them to germinate, at least not more trouble than I have with other things... fighting off mold and mildew on the growing medium in the house in the winter is always a battle, as well as getting good light on the seedlings. I can't fault Park Seed for those things.

Positive chemistmom On Feb 21, 2010, chemistmom from Knoxville, TN wrote:

I have grown this petunia for two years, both from purchased and collected seeds and consider this my favorite petunia. It has done well in a dry year and in an unusually wet year. The germination rate is high and seedlings produced sturdy plants that thrive in planters on my hot deck. Even when severely munched on by groundhogs, the plants rebounded vigorously. I now spray a pepper emulsion on the plants about every week to keep the pests away. The plants grown from collected seeds do not seem to retain same colors--more plain red and tan--and are not as spectacular as purchased seeds. This year I have planted more purchased seeds (from Park) and 10 days after planting, the seeds are sprouting well and off to a good start. I highly recommend this for a full sun exposure.

Positive PinetopPlanter On Jul 27, 2009, PinetopPlanter from Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

If I could grow only one kind of petunia, the dolcissima series would be the one I'd choose, and I've grown many different types, both by seed and store-bought plants.

This is the third year I've grown this series of petunia, always from seed, and from a mixture of the 3 varieties purchased from Jung Seed and Nursery Co. The germination is terrific (I had them in a flat with other varieites and they were by far the fastest and most vigorous variety). They form stocky plants for me, and the colors are really beautiful. Mom thinks they are the most beautiful petunias. For us, 'Flambe' is a beautiful mixture of pastel pink, yellow and tan shades, which is complimented by the other two varieties offered in the mixture sold by Jung (I have not seen these varieties offered in a mixture by any other company). Flower size is good, too.

Like another grower who posted here, I've had some really interesting flowers! Some are a beautiful appleblossom pink shading to yellow, others are pink with a fairly striking white edging in-between the "points" of the flower, creating a circus-like, "happy-looking" flower! Still others have a blending into an almost tan-like shade in the center. Really, a watercolor artists' dream! Not the typical "gas-station petunias" one sees all over, but delicately-shaded, idiosyncratic beauties!

One year I had a couple of plants growing in a NYC windowbox as well. They actually survived the winter, snow and all, and bloomed again the following spring!!! I was shocked. Now that's vigorous!

I wouldn't be without these in the garden, and highly recommend them to those who want something unusual and beautiful from a plant which is often run-of-the-mill. Given the other posts here, perhaps the fault lies in the supplier. I will try to post some photos of mine soon.

Sad to say that this year's catalogue from Jung no longer offers this series

Neutral dancingbear27 On Jul 6, 2009, dancingbear27 from Elba, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

On a good note it is a vigorous grower. On the downside, I have to call it "wishy-washy". Mine were all pale yellow with brownish streaks or some with tannish splotches. None of mine (out of 16 plants) were the vibrant peach/coral color or have even had any on them. Purchased from Park Seed, so don't be fooled by their ad. I do have them in baskets with hot pink wave petunias and they do look OK with the hot pink but can think of MANY others that would be nicer.

Positive laniard On Jan 24, 2006, laniard from Iowa City, IA wrote:

I grew both the Dolce Flambe and the Dolce Fragolino varieties. For those whose complaint is that the blooms were too pale, I would definitely encourage growing the Fragolinos. They are an absolutely stunning fushchia (the new blooms, especially, which gradually fade to a medium pink). I was pleased with the Flambes, as far as the vigor of growth and number of blooms and very little need for dead-heading, but I do agree that the blossoms were less vivid than I expected. On the other hand, I actually had one "rebellious" Flambe plant whose blooms were not the typical blend of the pink and yellow shades, but was almost like a picotee--the pink and cream were quite all in all an interesting year, but I will most likely seek out and grow only the Fragolinos this spring for the vivid color that I want.

Negative sacredplants On Jan 4, 2006, sacredplants from Wickliffe, OH wrote:

I was also disappointed with the Dolce Flambe. The germination rate was poor and they didn't grow very vigorously. I guess I just expected more from Park Seed!

Negative berrygirl On Jan 4, 2006, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have been hesitant to post my negative comments here for fear it was an isolated thing. I see I am not alone in my disappointment.
These petunias look so very drab, dull and lifeless- nothing like the pictures. The plants themselves never looked full and healthy and had a pale, anemic green color. I had poor germination the first time and got seeds replaced. The 2nd time the germ rate was a bit better.
I did not think there was such a thing as an ugly petunia but now I know better. I would not recommend anyone waste their time and money buying or growing these.

Negative orange_knickers On Aug 3, 2005, orange_knickers from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Very profuse blooms, but very bland in color. Nothing like the catalogs advertise. Cut back, they rebound VERY quickly and I had great germination. I just can't get over how washed out the color really is. Even in the cool of spring or heat of summer. I won't grow them again unless the seeds comes from another source. Stick with the bold colors of regular Petunias. P_____ Seed company has been very unhelpful in telling anyone who has had the same experience, what went wrong with these seeds, and of the seeds in the Dolci series for that matter.

Positive meadowgarden On Jul 31, 2005, meadowgarden from Rockford, IL (Zone 4b) wrote:

The germination rate is not very high. I have really enjoyed the colors and they have done very well in the garden. They do not need pinching or deadheading. I did pinch them once. I will definately grow them again.

Neutral mysticwill On Jul 16, 2005, mysticwill from Brookhaven, PA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I was disapinted in this plant - it is not as vigerous a bloomer as other types of petunia. And the color is very washed out looking- not at all like the picture advertized by the company I purchase from (Parks). I had a lower germination rate with this one as well. A nice plant but NOT what I was expecting. Also this is a hybrid- so if you collect seed- it will not come true. Although - I may nayway- just to see what mom and Dad look like! LOL!


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

San Jose, California
Loveland, Colorado
Braselton, Georgia
Hampton, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Barbourville, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Circle Pines, Minnesota
Hutchinson, Minnesota
Clayton, New York
Elba, New York
Sunnyside, New York
Bucyrus, Ohio
Wickliffe, Ohio
Brookhaven, Pennsylvania
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Lafayette, Tennessee

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