Pansy
Viola x wittrockiana 'Helen Mount'

Family: Violaceae (vy-oh-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viola (vy-OH-la) (Info)
Species: x wittrockiana (wit-rok-ee-AH-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Helen Mount

Category:

Annuals

Biennials

Perennials

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Evergreen

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Elk Grove, California

Merced, California

Cordele, Georgia

Eastpointe, Michigan

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Raleigh, North Carolina

North Charleston, South Carolina

Crossville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Houston, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Reston, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

3
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RatingContent
Positive

On May 18, 2012, Sabathiel from Charleston, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a fun plant! Easy to grow, smells like honey & the flowers are edible. I bought plugs as well as starting some from seed. Took about 2 months to flower from seed with flowers slightly smaller than the plugs' flowers.
Seed gathered & grown from the plugs did not come 'true' & are noticeably smaller but very pretty. I will add pix of the new plants to this plant-file. From what I can tell, these new plants are also unscented.

Positive

On May 22, 2011, lilianrose from Eastpointe, MI wrote:

I bought some end of the year specials in late August which didn't do well due to the heat and drought. Despite this, they seeded, and this spring I have several plants thriving. I've heard that they will throw seed all over, but the plant is easily pulled out, so eliminating unwanted volunteers will be no harder than weeding and probably easier.

Positive

On May 18, 2008, Cordeledawg from Cordele, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Not only did this viola germinate quickly (in just 6 days), 'Helen Mount; quickly bloomed two months after germinating!