Viola tricolor (Heart's ease)

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Most Types
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Plant Overview

Our British native wildflower pansy which typically grows on verges, waste ground and alongside hedges. As can be seen from the number of common names below, this has been a long-loved flower in the UK.

Dainty, small-headed pansies in shades of purple, violet, cream and yellow or combination of all three, appear in profusion for a long period throughout the summer. The flowers can be used to garnish puddings or added to salads. They also make very pretty addition to posies. If the flowers are left on the plant they will self-seed freely, otherwise pick them regularly to encourage more to form.

Viola tricolor is the parent of many of our cultivated pansy cultivars and is perfect for those wanting to try breeding violas. Each flower can produce up to 50 seeds. 

Grow in containers or pretty much anywhere in the garden.

Height and Spread: 20cm x 35cm.

Common names: Black eye; Cat's faces; See less; Come-and-cuddle-me; Constancy; Cuddle-me-to-you; Cull-me-to-you; Cupid's flower; Fancy; Flamy; Flower of thought; Garden gate; Hearts in ease; Herb trinity; Jack-jump-up-and-kiss-me; Johnny-jump-up; Jump-up-and-kiss-me; Kiss-and-look-up; Kiss-her-in-the-buttery; Kiss-me; Kiss-me-at-the-garden-gate; Kiss-me-ere-i-rise; Kiss-me-love; Kit-run-about; Kitty-come; Kitty-run; Lady's delight; Little faces; Live-in-idleness; Love-in-idleness; Loving idol; Lowly down; Meet-her-in-the-entry-kiss-her-in-the-buttery; Pansy; Pink of my Joan; Pink of my john; Pretty face; Stepmother plant; Thinking flower; Three faces under a hood; Tickle-my-fancy; Tricolor pansy; Wild pansy.







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All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.