Winter Pansies / Viola x wittrockiana

Viola x wittrockiana ‘Delta Premium Neon Violet’ – A heat tolerant winter pansy with intense violet blooms with dark purple wings, a purplish-black central blotch and a tiny yellow eye. This F1 hybrid is floriferous with short, sturdy stems and a uniform growth habit. As with all pansies the flowers are edible, but make sure they are organically grown. Grows 4-6″ high. Zone 7.

Viola x wittrockiana ‘Fama Peach Shades’ – Large-flowered winter pansies (2.5-3″ wide) in shades of pale rosy-pink to apricot with darker pink veining and a yellow eye. These short-lived perennials are often treated as cool-season annuals. In coastal BC, plant in September to allow the plants some time to root in before the frosts. This F1 hybrid grows 4-6″ high. Zone 7.

Viola x wittrockiana ‘Delta Yellow with Red Wings’ – A beautiful combination of bright yellow petals with a prominent black blotch, and contrasting deep burgundy upper petals or ‘wings’. Winter pansies are excellent fillers for cool-season hanging baskets or containers, particularly when paired with evergreen grasses (Carex ‘Evergold’). Grows 4-5″ high. Zone 7.

Viola x wittrockiana ‘Frizzle Sizzle Mix’ – An interesting blend of violet, yellow, lavender, purple and magenta blooms with uniquely ruffled edges and a dark contrasting blotch (with a yellow eye). Winter pansies are also available in early spring and are useful for planting the foreground of mass tulip and daffodil (Narcissus) displays. Grows 6″ high and hardy to zone 7.

Viola x wittrockiana ‘Delta Premium Rose with Blotch’ – This winter pansy features large 3″-wide blooms of deep rose with a dark purple blotch and a tiny yellow eye. Although both frost and cold tolerant, winter pansies will sometimes bolt in the early spring heat – these can be cut back and allowed to bloom again. Grows 4 to 6″ high. Zone 7.

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