Pansy 'Imperial Antique Shades'

Viola x wittrockiana

Family: Violaceae (vy-oh-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viola (vy-OH-la) (Info)
Species: x wittrockiana (wit-rok-ee-AH-na) (Info)
Cultivar: Imperial Antique Shades
Additional cultivar information:(Imperial series)





Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)


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



Bloom Color:

Pale Pink



Pale Yellow

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter

Blooms repeatedly




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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


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

Seward, Alaska

Citrus Heights, California

El Sobrante, California

San Francisco, California

Grants Pass, Oregon

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Camp Crook, South Dakota

Plano, Texas

Charlottesville, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 11, 2009, vasue from Charlottesville, VA wrote:

Birthday cake pastels, each stem of one plant adding its own hue to a multicolor nosegay. Wonderful underplanting roses as living mulch & as edgings. Gracefully cascades from planters & long shoots can be hair-pinned to root in the open garden. Evergreen & blooming through winter here in an east facing position & like all the Imperials very cold & heat tolerant. Sheet moss in planters & leaf mulch in ground keeps them blooming in the snow as long as watered through dry spells & heat. Self sows & comes true though as F2 hybrid it shouldn't. Trim back spent blooms & scatter in garden, feed in spring & they may become a delight in your garden as they've been for years in mine.


On Nov 12, 2003, noxiousweed from El Sobrante, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I love the fine detail of this particular pansy.

Pansies are a cool weather plant here, but many of mine muddle through the summer. As fond of the pansy as I am, I have decided not to collect and sow seeds from them anymore ... they take too long to bloom, germination isn't that great, and survival rate of my seedlings is even worse.

I will continue to welcome them into my garden - as volunteers, or purchased in 6-packs!


On Aug 24, 2002, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

'Antique Shades' pansy is a member of the 'Imperial' strain. The mix offers large 3" blooms in soft pastel shades of pink, white, and yellow. They are ideal for pots and small gardens where they can be viewed closely, rather than afar. Their soft colors lend themselves to pots of subtle toned flowers.

This is my second year starting these from seed, and though I was quite pleased with the blooms of this free flowering cultivar, I found the seeds to germinate poorly for me and the seedlings to be a bit tender & spindly.