The Main Plant entry for Violas (Viola)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Flowers: Showy
Wildlife Attractant: Bees


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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Jan 25, 2012 2:07 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Nov 27, 2012 6:26 AM

Pansies are derived from the viola species Viola tricolor, hybridized with other viola species. These hybrids are referred to as Viola × wittrockiana, or less commonly as Viola tricolor hortensis.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 16, 2013 4:36 PM

Rhode Island's state flower.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 21, 2013 8:41 PM

"Viola is a genus of flowering plants in the violet family Violaceae, with around 400–500 species distributed around the world. Most species are found in the temperate Northern Hemisphere, however some are also found in widely divergent areas such as Hawaii, Australasia, and the Andes.

Some Viola species are perennial plants, some are annual plants, and a few are small shrubs. A large number of species, varieties and cultivars are grown in gardens for their ornamental flowers. In horticulture the term "pansy" is normally used for those multi-coloured, large-flowered cultivars which are raised annually or biennially from seed and used extensively in bedding. The terms "viola" and "violet" are normally reserved for small-flowered annuals or perennials, including the species.

Flower colours vary in the genus, ranging from violet, through various shades of blue, yellow, white, and cream, whilst some types are bicolored, often blue and yellow. Flowering is often profuse, and may last for much of the spring and summer.

The genus includes dog violets, a group of scentless species which are the most common Viola in many areas, sweet violet (Viola odorata) (named from its sweet scent), and many other species whose common name includes the word "violet". Several species are known as pansies, including the yellow pansy (Viola pedunculata) of the Pacific coast.

Common blue violet Viola sororia is the state flower of Wisconsin, Rhode Island, Illinois, and New Jersey.

Australia is home to a number of Viola species, including Viola hederacea, Viola betonicifolia and Viola banksii, first collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander on the Cook voyage to Botany Bay.

The modern garden pansy (V. × wittrockiana) is a plant of complex hybrid origin involving at least three species, V. tricolor (wild pansy or heartsease), V. altaica, and V. lutea (mountain pansy).

In 2005 in the United States, Viola cultivars (including pansies) were one of the top three bedding plant crops and 111 million dollars worth of flats of Viola were produced for the bedding flower market. Pansies and violas used for bedding are generally raised from seed, and F1 hybrid seed strains have been developed which produce compact plants of reasonably consistent flower colouring and appearance. Bedding plants are usually discarded after one growing season."

Taken from wikipedia's page at:

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Plant Events from our members
dragonfetti On March 12, 2015 Miscellaneous Event
Many still growing.
dragonfetti On December 1, 2014 Obtained plant
Six large purple/black pansy plants, planted in the bicycle garden.
lovesblooms On February 28, 2017 Seeds germinated
"white and yellow violas"
lovesblooms On February 9, 2017 Seeds sown
w/s labeled "black jack"
lovesblooms On February 9, 2017 Obtained plant
w/s labeled "white and yellow violas"
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