Viola coronifera

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Scientific Name

Viola coronifera W.Becker

Scientific Classification

Family: Violaceae
Subfamily: Violoideae
Tribe: Violeae
Genus: Viola

Flower

Color: Bright yellow-orange
Bloom Time: Spring and in early summer

Description

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. The leaves are green, ovate and up to 0.3 inch (7 mm) long. The flowers are 5-petaled and bright yellow-orange, located at the base of the leaves and form a crown at the top of the rosette, hence its species name.

Hardiness

It is grown as an annual plant, so it has no USDA hardiness zone.

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. For spring blooms, you need to start your Viola in pots and containers indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Violas

Origin

Native to Argentina.

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