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Rain Blue and Purple Pansy

Viola x wittrockiana 'Rain Blue and Purple'

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Rain Blue and Purple Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana 'Rain Blue and Purple') at Jensen's Nursery & Landscaping

Rain Blue and Purple Pansy flowers

Rain Blue and Purple Pansy flowers

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Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Garden Pansy, Violet

Description:

Taller and more spreading than other varieties; makes a big impact in border edges or containers; flowers early with a stunning display of purple-blue flowers with gold centers and fine black streaks

Ornamental Features

Rain Blue and Purple Pansy has masses of beautiful purple flowers with blue overtones, gold eyes and black streaks at the ends of the stems from early spring to late fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its crinkled round leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Rain Blue and Purple Pansy is an herbaceous annual with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Rain Blue and Purple Pansy is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Rain Blue and Purple Pansy will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 16 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Rain Blue and Purple Pansy is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
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Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features