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Viola cornuta, ideal for flower beds and garden boxes

Horned pansy

Viola cornuta is a very cute little flower that blooms all winter long.

Key Viola cornuta facts

Name – Viola cornuta
Family Violaceae
Type perennial

Height 3 to 6 inches (10 to 20 cm)
Exposure full sun
Soil ordinary

Foliage: evergreen
Flowering: depends on variety: spring to summer or fall & winter → early spring

Here is how to grow these nice ground cover flowers for year-long blooming.

Planting viola cornuta

Planting viola cornuta

Planting viola cornutaPlanting of viola cornuta purchased in pots or containers is best done anytime in fall, and even up to the beginning of spring.

Sow in a nursery from June-July onwards, up until September.

It is highly recommended to transplant first to a nursery pot and then again to the ground in the following fall.

In any case, keep a distance of about 6 inches (15 cm) between each viola cornuta.

  • A major advantage of viola cornuta is that it is self-sowing so it will bloom back repeatedly over time.

Caring for viola cornuta

It only requires little care, perhaps only a bit of watering if the soil dries up.

You can remove wilted flowers regularly (deadheading) to trigger appearance of new buds.

When blooming is over you can cut back the entire mother plant and wait for new seeds to sprout.

It is better, though, to wait until the first flowers bloom from young sprouts before removing the older plants.

All there is to know about viola cornuta

Viola cornuta looks a lot like pansy. They belong to the same family, but this violet is much more hardy than pansy is.

The flowers look similar to those of the little blue, yellow or white-colored pansies.

Viola cornuta vs pansyThe petals is how you can distinguish pansies from viola cornuta.

  • Viola cornuta numbers 2 petals facing upwards, and three facing downwards.
  • Pansy has 4 petals facing upwards and only one facing down.

Since viola cornuta is particularly hardy, it will resist winder colds very well, even down to 5°F (-15°C).

You’ll be blessed to have flowers blooming all winter long for some varieties, over a relatively lengthy period.

Blooming starts in March and continues up to the beginning of summer, and it resumes again in fall.

Smart tip about viola cornuta

The viola cornuta that blooms in spring is perfect paired with tulips which also bloom at the same time!

Images: CC BY 2.0: Dr. Boli; Pixabay: Bestenz, Patrick Dutartre
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