A lovely British native viola. Slender golden-yellow rayed flowers are freely borne from spring through summer.
This is a robust and easy to grow Viola which is very rewarding as it flowers profusely for much of the year.
Viola lutea is found in the hills of Wales, northern England and all over the highlands of Scotland but not in the far north and hardly at all in central and southern England. It is rare in Ireland with small colonies near the east and west coasts.
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): The Mountain Violet, Mountain pansy, Perennial viola