Viola x wittrockiana
annuals, biennials, perennials
spring or fall
6" to 9"
full sun to partial afternoon shade (especially in warmer zones)
rich, moist, well-drained soil
year-round depending on climate
various happy colors; multi-colored or solid; lightly scented
borders, beds, containers, edgings, and companion plantings
Start indoors from seed 10 to 12 weeks before last spring frost. Cold treat planted pots for two weeks before moving to a warming temperature to sprout. Seedlings are also widely available from nurseries and should be transplanted 6 inches apart. Deadheading spent flowers will extend blooming period.
The dark velvety centers of some pansies are said to look like little faces. Pansy petals are edible and make attractive additions to salads and desserts. Wash off potential chemical residues before using the petals-especially if you purchased the seedlings from a nursery.
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