Viola x wittrockiana The cancan dancers of the flower world, with their ruffled petticoats in a splendid panoply of colors, are making their entrance. Just the right pick-me-up after a drear mud season to put a little razzle-dazzle in your spring and early summer garden. Heart-shaped leaves on mounded 4–6" plants are covered with 3" mostly bicolor flowers, with darker whiskers and yellow eyes to dress up their array—in lemonade, orange, raspberry, blue, yellows, and white. Just imagine these edible beauties on a salad. And they’re slightly fragrant too! Perennial in Zones 6-8. In a colder zone, increase the likelihood of plants overwintering by covering them with a straw mulch. ⑤
5308 Frizzle Sizzle
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Burpee’s in 1888 called the pansy “the most popular of all flowers grown from seed,” and sold more than 100,000 packets per year. James Vick’s Sons sold 27 different kinds and mixtures in 1895. For thoughts, remembrance, from the French pensée.
Culture: Old-fashioned bedding plant thrives in cool moist conditions. Start 2 months prior to planting in a cool (60–65°) place. Cover seed to germinate. Takes about 12 days. Grow on in very cool temperatures—preferably below 50°. Likes partial sun. ~700 seeds/g except where noted.