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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    This delightful little flower is a harbinger of spring in many gardens, but also adds charm to a fall or winter garden depending on your region. The flowers are edible and can be used to wonderful effect on cakes and in salads.

    Latin Name

    Viola tricolor


    Family

    Violaceae


    Also Known As

    Heart's Ease Love-in-idleness


    Type of Plant

    Annual

    Bloom Season

    April - May


    Seasons

    Spring
    Fall

    Specifications

    Max Height: 0.5'
    Max Spread: 0.5'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Flower Border
  • Edible

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Shade
    Full Sun
    Part Shade
    Part Sun

    Colors


    Native Range

    Europe


    History

    The first known documented citation of this plant is by John Lawson in History of Carolina in 1718.


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