Viola cornuta, Sorbet Antique Shades Pansy, is a small cool season annual. Plants will reach 6 inches (15 cm) tall and have a mounding habit, expanding to 12 inches (30 cm) across. I started experimenting with growing Violas 3 years ago and the Sorbet Series are most prolific blooming Violas that I have found. Here in zone 7 they bloom all winter long with just a few days when they aren't in bloom. They make an exciting addition to an otherwise bleak winter landscape. In the cool winter greenhouse, they make outstanding container plants.
Blooming: In the greenhouse and in the landscape, plants bloom almost non-stop from late September until May. The 1-1.5 inch (2.5-3.5 cm) blooms are very showy.
Culture: Viola cornuta, Sorbet Antique Shades Pansy, needs partial shade to full shade here in zone 7 and in the greenhouse. We use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part coarse sand. The plants are well watered and allowed to dry slightly before watering again. During the growing season, we fertilize the plants monthly with a balanced fertilizer. Seeds are started in early August, and the plants are grown as cool as possible here in Oklahoma. By late September, when the plants are just beginning to bloom, they are transplanted into the landscape and containers for their winter growth period. In May, the seed is collected and plants are allowed to die off. In the landscape, they will reseed themselves, although they may not stay true to color.
Propagation: Viola cornuta, Sorbet Antique Shades Pansy, is best propagated from seed obtained from Park Seed Co.
Viola cornuta, Sorbet Antique Shades Pansy was featured as Plant of the Week September 28-October 4, 2007.
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