Flowers Viola (Pansy)

Helen Mount
Viola Seed

Product ID: 1442

The true Johnny jump-up.

1–2" tricolor flowers in purple, yellow, and white. May reseed. Also known as pansy, heart's ease, Johnny jump-up, and European field pansy. Perennial in Zones 4–9.

• Edible Flowers: Abundant blooms make dainty garnishes for salads and desserts with slight wintergreen flavor. While a popular choice for brightening up salad mix, the flowers are also good for candying.

Ht. 5–7". Avg. 51,000 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.


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DAYS TO GERMINATION: 4-7 days at 62-68°F (17-20°C)

SOWING: Transplant - Sow 7-9 weeks before planting out. Will tolerate a light frost. Sow 8-9 weeks ahead if blooming in cell packs is desired. Cover seeds lightly. Bottom water or mist to avoid displacing seeds. Transplant to cell packs or larger containers when the first true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant outside. Violas will tolerate a light frost. In climates with mild winters or in tunnels, violas may be sown late summer to fall. Direct seeding is not recommend.





HARVEST: Edible flowers - fully open. Cut flowers - stems are long and at least one bloom per stem is open. Deadheading encourages continuous blooms.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Rich, well-drained soil.

USES: Excellent in containers and garden beds. Edible flowers and cut flowers.
Select varieties (see variety descriptions) are suitable for cut flowers under the following conditions; grown from a very early spring planting or an overwintered planting so that well-established plants are coming into flower during the long days and warm temperature of spring and early summer. Long days and warm temperature cause the elongation of stems and profuse flowering that is required for quality cut flower viola.
For compact bedding plants, grow seedlings and young plants at cool temperatures and high light levels to minimize stretching.


Johnny jump-up, European field pansy, heart's ease, hybrid violet

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Viola tricolor

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

60 - 70 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated

Product Features

Heirloom Heirloom
Seeds saved over many years and passed down, in original form, from generation to generation.
Grows Well in Containers Grows Well in Containers
Variety does well when grown in a container.
Edible Flowers Edible Flowers
Variety's flowers may be consumed.
Attracts Beneficial Insects Attracts Beneficial Insects
Variety attracts and supports pollinators and/or insects that prey on garden pests.

Heirloom Grows Well in Containers Edible Flowers Attracts Beneficial Insects