Viola coronifera W.Becker
Color: Bright yellow-orange
Bloom Time: Spring and in early summer
Viola coronifera is one of the rosulate Violas, which have typical "heartsease" flowers, but leaves are arranged in a rosette rather like a Sempervivum. The rosette is up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall and up to 2 inches in diameter. Leaves are green, ovate, and up to 0.3 inch (7 mm) long. Flowers are 5-petaled and bright yellow-orange, located at the leaves' base and form a crown at the top of the rosette, hence its species name.
USDA hardiness zones 7a to 11b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Viola plants prefer cool to warm climates and wilt a bit in mid-summer heat. In warmer areas, we recommend partial shade. They tolerate a variety of soils. Add a general-purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that. Once your Viola plants are established, they should grow well, even if left unattended. Soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Keep them well, weeded. Remove spent blooms to promote additional blooms and extend the blooming period. This will also keep the appearance neat and beautiful.
Violas are grown from seeds. They like full to partial sun. Viola can be directly seeded into your flower garden or seeded indoors for transplanting later. You need to start your Viola in pots and containers indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost for spring blooms. See more at: How to Grow and Care for Violas.
Native to Argentina.
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