Violas, which includes the larger flowered pansies, are a winter workhorse perfect for hanging baskets, containers, and flower beds. Not only do these cold hardy flowers provide color when not many other flowers are blooming, the blooms are also edible and are used to garnish desserts and salads.
Direct seeding is not recommended for Violas. To start transplants indoors start seeds in cell packs 8 weeks before you plan to plant outside. Barely cover seed and water with a misting nozzle to prevent the seed from being displaced. In the valley regions of Western Oregon, violas can be planted in early spring or late summer/fall. Germination should occur within 7 days at 65 degrees.
Full sun to part shade
Well draining fertile soil
Use the flowers of violas as an edible garnish for salads or desserts.
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