Viola cornuta 'Sorbet Citrus Mix'

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Pansy’s & viola’s are all part of a closely related family.  Viola’s are typically more rain tolerant because of their smaller blooms and often are more hardy then their pansy cousins if they have been given time to develop a good footing.  Viola’s are available in an amazing array of colors and may have a blotch in the center or whiskers at the base of its petals.  Sorbet Citrus Mix is a blend of Orange Delight, Yellow Delight and Coconut.   The blooms are ¾ of an inch and appear in abundance on uniform, compact plants.  The Sorbet Series has outstanding vigor, is extremely floriferous and handles both frost and rain well.  The series also overwinters well and holds up good in the heat. 

 

Height: 6-8 Inches

Spread: 10 Inches

USDA Zone: Zones 4 - 9

Color: Mixed Colors

Interesting Notes:

Viola and Pansy flowers are both edible and produce a subtle fragrance.  When temps drop below 25 degrees their foliage will wilt & turn a grey-green as a defense from the cold. 

 

 

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

Best planted when soil temps are between 45-70 degrees and in a raised bed for good drainage.  Pansy’s planted when soil temps are below 45 will be stunted exhibiting little growth or flowering.  Plant 6 to 10 inches apart in full of part sun.  Water thoroughly for the first time 5 days after planting and then it is best that they receive a thorough watering once or twice a week and feed once every two weeks.  Regular dead heading of faded blooms can extend & increase blooming.  Surrounding, with approx 2 inches of mulch will help conserve water and protect against the cold.  The Rocky Series exhibits great heat tolerance though all pansy’s and viola’s will begin to decline as the days heat up.  Be careful, deer love pansy’s!

Characteristics & Attributes:


Attracts Wildlife:

  • Butterflies

Attributes:

  • Fragrant
  • Overwintering

Design Use:

  • Container
  • Window Boxes
  • Mass Planting
  • Hanging Baskets
  • Edging

Exposure:

  • Full Sun / Part Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Green

Habit:

  • Compact Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Winter

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Winter
  • Fall
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Well Drained
  • Moist