Viola | Also known as: Violet | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Pansy - Tougher than it sounds.

Most home gardens have at least one species of the Viola genus. Small, dainty and colourfully vibrant, it has interchangeable common names, the Pansy and the Violet, but there is a difference between them: Pansy relates to large, multi-coloured cultivars; Violet relates to smaller cultivars. Typically boasting dark green, heart-shaped leaves, either as basal rosettes or on short stems, it is the blossoms these spring-blooming flowers are famed for. Typically, four of their five petals fan upwards, with the last sweeping downwards like a broad lip. Its colours can be anything, from orange to purple and white to red, with many cultivars boasting dramatic mixtures. Moist and well-drained soil is preferred, as is full sun. Pruning after flowering is recommended.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.1 - 0.2
Spread [m]
  • 0.2
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • Yes, let it smell
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Foliage in winter
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • stem tip cuttings
Growth habit
  • Compact
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Varies
Heat zone
  • Varies
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • Clay
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive Flowers
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fine fragrants
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • Show-offs
  • For birds & bees
  • Roses & classics
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Containers
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Underplanting
  • Edging
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years