Petunia, Supertunia Petunia 'Supertunia Pretty Much Picasso'


Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Petunia (peh-TEWN-ya) (Info)
Cultivar: Supertunia Pretty Much Picasso
Additional cultivar information:(PP21649 CAN4078; SupertuniaŽ series, aka BHTUN31501)
Hybridized by Heiser
Registered or introduced: 2009
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 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:


Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

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


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


Folsom, California

San Leandro, California

Ocala, Florida

Athens, Georgia

Arlington, Massachusetts

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Bayport, Minnesota

Gansevoort, New York

West Islip, New York

Rocky River, Ohio

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Prosperity, South Carolina

Salem, South Carolina

Bristol, Tennessee

Pasadena, Texas

Seattle, Washington

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 23, 2017, MobyDirt from Pasadena, TX wrote:

You have probably heard of the rare and beautiful 'corpse flower'. This little gem, although not scientifically related, is a kindred spirit - very beautiful and yes, very smelly.

When wet, or on humid mornings, you will be looking for whatever has died or is rotting. My first guess was that sour water was somehow being trapped in the pot or under the pot - or something. My husband thought it was his shirt that had mildewed. Nope. It was the beauty with a beastly smell.

It blooms magnificently. It does great in full sun. It dries out quickly and wants a lot of water, which of course it drinks up and turns into its horrible, horrible smelly and sticky sap.

Our plans are to place it in the most distant part of the garden where we can see it... read more


On Jul 2, 2016, Stinkytunias from Crocker, MO wrote:

They stink to HIGH heaven...don't waste your money on them..I threw them in the trash...we thought something had died under our porch...THEY SUPER STINK!!!


On Aug 18, 2014, danimart from Toronto,
Canada wrote:

These are beautiful, but when wet, they smell like dog poop. Will not plant again.


On Aug 23, 2013, tonyv414 from Milwaukee, WI wrote:

I bought a few of these and other "supertunias" online this year from a nursery in Indiana. All survived well and have flowered continuously and profusely but they all do seem to smell like manure. Since I have them all in containers, I thought at first it might be my potting soil, but after reading several other online comments, I guess it really is the plant's odor itself. I never really cared for the scent of any petunias, but these supertunia varieties seem to smell particularly foul. Perhaps it is because they are self dead-heading and the smell comes from the accumulated build-up of spent flowers and leaves decaying in the pot.
As for supertunias in general - they are nice colors and fine bloomers but the flowers are small compared to most other modern petunia varieties. T... read more


On Jul 10, 2013, cafox from Rocky River, OH wrote:

These petunias are absolutely gorgeous looking, but the smell is horrendous!!! I have several baskets along our fence and filled the baskets with these petunias along with other flowers. For weeks we tried to figure out what the horrible smell was. It smells like doggy doo doo!! Then we thought it was our garbage cans. Finally, my husband figured out it was the petunias. We have had a substantial amount of rain here, so I am going to let them dry out and be careful not to wet the leaves or flowers when I water in the future . . . maybe that will help!! Glad I found this website . . . thought I was going crazy with these horrible smelling flowers!!


On May 6, 2013, smanan from Coram, NY wrote:

I am a little confused by all the postings about the bad smell on these, that I just created an account so I can post my review. I bought one yesterday and the main reason is because I couldn't leave the plant since it has such a sweet smell; I touched the plant because of the beautiful flowers, I had to know the name of it, I then left to another area and started to smell a tropical fruit which at first I thought was mango, I keep looking around and realized the smell was on my hands. I just had to turn around and got the biggest container about 18" round filled with these trailing beauties. When I put the flowers on my car I got intoxicated by the sweet smell and soon realized it was not mango but guava. I loved it. It did smelled very strong that I had to open the car windows but nothi... read more


On May 2, 2013, M2mom from Salem, SC wrote:

Never ending flowers! I also have NEVER had any bad odors from these plants. Morning, noon, night ... hot, wet, dry, cool ... no odor (good or bad) ever. I have an awesome sense of smell often smelling an odor when nobody else can. Magnificent performer, much better than any other petunias I have grown.


On Dec 7, 2012, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

I was considering buying a pot of this petunia and remembering the numerous negative ratings re: smell, I put my nose to it and it definitely stunk! There are too many pretty and sweet smelling plants out there so I don't see a single reason to spend $ on Pretty Much Picasso.


On Sep 24, 2012, lmusante from Gansevoort, NY wrote:

As was noticed with several other comments, the plant got real leggy during the hot summer. The potted plants in partial sun did marginally better than direct sun, but most crapped out long before they were supposed to. I had high hopes for this plant and had quite a few great comments about them shortly after planting. I did notice an odor from them, but wasn't bothered too much by it. If I bought them again I would plant them on my terraced garden where they could expand all they want.


On Aug 23, 2012, cdn_gardener from stratford,
Canada wrote:

I loved the two tone look, but after a couple of months, the smell was horrible. I planted these in my window box and everyone that comes into my home thinks one of my dogs pooped in the house!! Never again!


On Apr 15, 2012, plmbery9 from Fairmount, TN wrote:

I purchased this plant last year and was very pleased with it. I planted it in a window box with some impatiens and they looked beautiful together. The petunia cascaded beautifully and quickly filled the flower box. I noticed some stickiness with the plant but not any more than with any other petunia. I never noticed any type of bad or offensive odor with mine and it was planted right outside of our family room window. I also have a seating area in front of the flower box and never noticed the smell. My only problem is that I have searched high and low for this petunia this year, cant find it anywhere and I have yet to speak to anyone who has even heard of it.


On Nov 19, 2011, LadyAshleyR from Oakland, MD wrote:

We grew these this year in the greenhouse where I work. They were extremely popular, and very beautiful! GREAT for cascading planters. When trimmed properly, they grow full, and glorious!
I never noticed any particular smell throughout the year, however these plants produce a sap all over leaves, vines, and flowers that is EXTREMELY sticky! They will get stuck to themselves, and if you get it on your hands, it feels like you've gotten syrup on yourself.
Be careful when trimming not to let the plant touch itself. If it gets stuck together, it will snap before coming apart.


On Sep 8, 2011, ladyschweig from Culpeper, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Believe what folks are saying. This petunia smells like Picasso's foot! It is lovely but it should only be grown where no human will come in close contact with it because it really bears a nasty odor. There are very few plants I would say that about. It does not smell earthy. It is rank. I let the two that I searched high and low for this spring die during a heat spell because I could not bear the smell while watering them.


On Jul 12, 2011, chefhenry from Dix Hills, NY wrote:

Plant looks nice, but smaells like dog crap!


On Jul 2, 2011, smendez from Folsom, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I just had to get this plant because of the pretty lime green edges of the flower petals, but I realized that the dirty feet smell at Home Depot was following us home. Sure enough, it's this plant. I'll have to plant it near a window so we can see it, but far away from where we can smell it.


On May 24, 2011, 6aseeder from Arlington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

i wanted to love these; i was excited about the unusual coloring and i adore purple & green together. but these petunias just are not up to supertunia performance. the blossoms split when they got wet, and they totally pooped out during the heat of summer and never recovered. my purple waves, right next to them, bloomed like champs. certainly not worth the supertunia price.


On Sep 11, 2010, dirtdiggr from GTA,
Canada wrote:

I love the cascading habit and absolutely gorgeous effect when the plant is in full bloom...BUT - what a stink in the evening as the backyard starts to cool!! I kept checking the bottom of my shoes for traces of something my dogs left behind. I thought I was losing my mind for about a week before I realized it was the hanging baskets from my garden house (which is right beside our dog run, incidentally). We laughed about it, but decided if we ever plant them again (for their beauty and unusual colouring) they will have to be further away from the patio and garden access route!!


On Sep 4, 2010, terryhalverson from Bayport, MN wrote:

I was very excited to use this petunia in my containers. I love the look and have had great success in having them spill out between the posts of our deck. The side of the container that spills out over the deck edge are lush and full of flowers. The side that is on the deck seemed to get leggy since they weren't able to spill. They have survived famously this summer with daily waterings and pre-fertilized soil. My only negative comment would be the manure-like odor they give when either freshly watered or it has rained. Very unpleasant to sit out on the deck in the midst of that smell. I will use these again, but not in an area where people congregate.


On Aug 26, 2010, putusinorder from Peabody, MA wrote:

I love the sweet scent of petunias and also enjoy searching for new and unusual varieties. I grew Pretty Much Picasso in a container, in full sun. It is a very heavy feeder and hates drying out even once. I really like the unusual flower color. It does not have the sweet scent of other petunias and I want to know if anyone else has experienced this variety giving off a very bad smell when it gets wet, either by rain or overhead watering. It smells like really rank sneakers. P.U. I don't think I'll grow this one again.