The lavender-blue version of Viola cornuta.
A very neat and easy to grow perennial viola with a lovely scent. Good for front of border, rockery or tubs.
From the Pyreness in 1776, this is the grandparent of the perennial tufted pansies.
Violas are plants with real personality and they can't help but lift you as you see their smiling faces and catch their perfumed scent as you pass. Few plants can match the length of the flowering season of violas. Many of the hybrids start flowering in April and continue to flower throughout the summer and autumn, often into November.
Violas are remarkably versatile and suit a range of garden situations. They work well at the front of a border and also look lovely in pots and containers. They work equally well on their own or mixed with other plants. The more vigorous cornuta's are good for underplanting shrubs, providing they get some sun.
All Violas like some sun, although they are happy in partial shade. They tolerate a wide range of soils too, just make sure it's not too wet or too dry. They benefit from an occasional feed and deadheading promotes further flowers.
Common name(s): Horned pansy, Horned violet.