Native to Europe, these are cheerful little violas that are welcome in all gardens. Beautiful bright purple, yellow and white on little pansy like faces. A small plant, only growing to 6-8" tall. They prefer semi shade, but if your summers and not too hot (100's), they will be ok in full sun. Just be sure to keep their roots moist, don't overwater.
They do best in a cool climate, but I grew them in Sacramento California in containers and during the summer they got morning light & they thrived!
People eat the flowers! The leaves are high in vitamin C. The flowers are usually used in salads or for a treat, can be candied. Dip the flowers in a light egg wash, sprinkle with a fine sugar, allow to dry & eat!
They will re seed and come back year after year if conditions are right. Even the plant & flowers are tiny, this is a hardy plant!
Sow seeds in early spring 1/16", shade to partial sun. Seeds require darkness to germinate. Make sure your soil has good drainage. 14-21 days for germination, keep seeds moist until germination.