Heartsease

Viola tricolor

Heartsease - Viola tricolor

Common Name: Heartsease
Genus: Viola
Species: tricolor

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Suitable for growing in containers, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.12 m (12 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.15 m (15 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Purple, White, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Dainty small-headed pansies in shades of purple, violet cream and yellow appear in profusion for a long period throughout the summer. The flowers of this annual or short-lived perennial are edible and can be used as a garnish or added to salads. Perfect plant for the woodland garden, they also make very pretty addition to posies. If the flowers are left on the plant they will self-seed freely otherwise pick them regularly to encourage more to form.

  • Garden care: Early sowings can be done in a cold frame into trays of good seed compost and gradually hardened off before planting out. Alternatively sow directly into a well-prepared seed bed. Gently thin the seedlings out to 15cm apart when they are large enough to handle.

  • Sow: March - May or August - September




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