VIOLA x wittrockiana hybrid
Height: 6-9" (12-22 cm) Flowering Time: Summer Flower Colour: White, yellow, orange, red, pink, mauve, blue, purple ____________________________________
Subclass: Dicotyledonae (Dicotyledons) Superorder: Dilleniidae (Dillenia Superorder) Order: Violales (Viola Order) Family: Violaceae (Viola Family) Genus: Viola (Viola) Species: x wittrockiana hybrids (Wittrock's hybrids) ____________________________________
Viola x wittrockiana hybrids are always popular plants for summer bedding. They come in a huge range of bright or sombre colours, often with black blotches around a yellow eye, and lines like cat's whiskers radiating from the centre. Flowers range in size from a couple of inches to three or four inches across, with petals soft and velvety or ruffled and frilly. These are perennial plants, although those treated as annuals provide a better show, with stocky plants holding larger blooms, in brighter colours, throughout the summer months.
Those grown for winter colour usually have smaller flowers in single shades.
Pansies need little attention, beyond removing dead flowers, to provide a carpet of bloom in almost any conditions.
Harvesting and Growing from Seed:
Seed Pod The seedpod is pointed, opening into three sections, with the seeds neatly arranged
on each part. When the seeds are released, the sides of each part close together.
Seed The seeds are fat brown teardrops. There are many seeds in a seedpod.
Seedling The seedleaves are rounded, and the first true leaves are lobed.
(You can check the meaning of any technical terms new to you in the Botany section of the site)
|Back to Plant Profiles Main Page|