Viola cornuta (Horned Violet, Viola)
These charming annual plants have a mounded growth habit; growing 6-8” tall x 6-8” wide. They are covered with an abundance of blooms in autumn, winter, early spring, and spring, and they may even continue to bloom through summer along the coast if provided with afternoon shade. They have a cold hardiness of 0°F and will benefit from being planted in well-mulched soil in cold winter regions.
Generally speaking, it is better to plant small but established plants in the fall. The main advantage to planting violas (and pansies) in the fall is that the will have a chance to get established and will continue to bloom through late winter and early spring. These established plants will perform much better than most newly planted spring transplants.
Viola cornuta is native to the Pyrenees and the Cordillera Cantábrica of northern Spain. Their flowers are very showy, have a sweet fragrance and attract butterflies to your garden. They make a stunning display if mass planted, and look equally attractive used as an edging or in containers. These cheerful little flowers are a must have for any English Garden.
Violas are among the most popular edible flowers in America. Simply adding a few brightly colored blooms to a salad or dessert adds a touch of elegance to any dish. *CAUTION: Never eat flowers or other parts of plants unless you are certain of their identification, and that they are in fact edible. Viola cornuta is an excellent choice to bring a pop of color to your vegetable and herb garden. Plant these little sweeties in amongst your veggies to add beauty and to attract beneficial pollinators.
We are selling a wide variety of Violas in 6 pack flats. The variety shown in the photo is Viola ‘Sorbet XP Select Mix’. Give us a call or check out our website at www.clearwatercolor.com to see what other varieties of Violas and Pansies we are growing.