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Supertunia Mini Vista® Violet Star Petunia hybrid

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
12" 2' 30cm 61cm
Height: 6" - 12"
Spread: 18" - 2'
Height: 15cm - 30cm
Spread: 46cm - 61cm
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    6 - 12 Inches
    12 - 18 Inches
    18 - 24 Inches
    15cm - 30cm
    30cm - 46cm
    46cm - 61cm


    Supertunia Mini Vista petunias are mounded, but will also spill over the edges of containers.  They are great container plants and will function as both spillers and fillers in combination planters.  They are incredibly good landscape plants, best used at the front of beds.  They are very densely branched plants.  They have small to very small flowers.  They are a great substitute for Calibrachoa in landscapes without excellent drainage – Calibrachoa requires excellent drainage to thrive, while petunias are much more forgiving.

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    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    6 - 12 Inches 15cm - 30cm
    Trails Up To: 
    24 Inches 61cm
    12 - 18 Inches 30cm - 46cm
    18 - 24 Inches 46cm - 61cm
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    White with violet blue star pattern
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Mounding Trailing
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Hard Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Soil Fertility Requirement: 
    Average Soil
    Edging Plant
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in hanging baskets, window boxes, landscaping and combinations planters.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    These are heat tolerant plants, that aren't particularly fussy and need little routine maintenance. They will perform best if an application of controlled release fertilizer is included at the time of planting. This applies to both landscape and container plantings. Supertunias are heavy feeders, but a single dose is usually sufficient for landscape beds in most climates. If you have a very long season, a second application of controlled release plant food should be considered for landscape plantings. In general, containers need to be fed more than landscape plants. Supertunias in containers will need to be fed more regularly to be their absolute best. A second application of a controlled release fertilizer can be applied about every two months to container plants, which will help. However, for the very best performance I find regularly applying water soluble fertilizer starting about two months after the containers are planted gives the best results.  These extra applications of plant food really makes a difference in performance through the summer.

    If your plant begins to look open or a bit tired, an allover trim can be beneficial.  Use a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears to trim back up to 1/3 of the volume of the plant. I pair any trim with a dose of water soluble fertilizer to provide instant energy to help kickstart new growth, branching and flowering. Your plant will take a week to recover from the trim, but the end result is a fuller plant with more blooms going forward. You may repeat the trim as needed through the season.

    Supertunia® Mini Vista - For a picture perfect hanging basket or container, try the Supertunia® Mini Vistas. They grow vigorously and are absolutely covered in cheerful blooms from spring into fall. You can even try them in your sunny landscape where they’ll put on an impressive show of color all season.

    Supertunia Mini Vista® Violet Star Petunia hybrid 'USTUNJ1901' USPP 28,051, Can 5,516
  • 6 Reviews

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    • I planted one of these in the ground and it is beautiful! I would call it a mounding plant. It's about 17 inches wide and 6 inches high after 1 month. It's in full sun and I did not fertilize it. I will definitely buy more next year.

      Sue B
      , Ohio
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • I was underwhelmed by Violet Star. I planted two in a hanging pot, which was a mistake. This variety is definitely more of a mounder than a trailer. It is a short, full, spreading plant that really doesn't want to trail. Mine had a moderate number of blooms but was never particularly floriferous. I could see growing these in the ground or in a patio pot, but I would never put them into a hanging pot again.

      Karen Muse
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • This plant was on my wishlist. When I finally found it locally, it did not have blooms on it yet, but I purchased it anyway. When the blooms opened, I have to be honest, I was rather disappointed. The blooms were far more white than the picture that had excited me so much. I did not have anything I thought would pair well with it in a pot. I was impressed with how well it stood out in the dark due to all that white. On one of our final trips to a local greenhouse, I saw one of PW's White Angelonias and Blue Angelonias. They gave me an idea. I purchased those two and brought them home. I had a Bordeaux Supertunia at home as well a Sweet Caroline Sweet Potato vine. These five paired beautifully together and made up what may very well be my absolute favorite container of the year. The Violet Star is completely packed out with blooms. In spite of my initial disappointment, this plant absolutely deserves every one of those 5 stars.

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Mighty Mouse.....very tight grower. The reaction I got from my husband was to point and laugh. In zone 9b this little guy never shut down. I realized it was going to make it in December and started cutting it back to get fresh growth in the spring. I had to move an echinacea because it went dormant and Violet Star was rolling right over it. I also have it in a pot with Bubblegum and It's holding it's own. Vista is right! I think I will have to try the other mini vistas. I love calibrachoa but this guy maybe more versatile. Really, not many plants compete well with Bubblegum.

      , California
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
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    2023 Top Performer Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2023 Top Performer Michigan State University
    2023 Top Performer Penn State
    2023 Top Performer - in ground University of Minnesota - Grand Rapids
    2023 Top Performer Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
    2023 Top Performer Ohio State University Extension - Springfield
    2023 Consumer Top Pick Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2023 Top Performer University of Minnesota - Morris
    2023 Top Performer University of Tennessee - Knoxville
    2023 Top Performer UGA
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