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This compact, hardy perennial has dark green leaves and a mass of primrose yellow blooms that are extravagantly edged with purple; heat tolerant; flowers continuously throughout its long season; attracts butterflies; nice cut flower.

Mass of primrose yellow blooms that are extravagantly edged with purple

Vivid as accent and in borders, containers, mass plantings, alpine and rock gardens

Viola cornuta 'Penny Primrose Picotee'

(Penny Primrose Picotee)




4 (-30°F/-34°C)


Full sun to partial shade


Foliage Height

4" (10 cm)


8" (20 cm)

Flower Height

6" (15 cm)

Flower Colour

Primrose yellow flowers extravagantly edged with purple

Bloom Time

March - Octobe

Watering Needs

Moderate, average watering needs

Soil Preferences

Prefers rich, well-drained soil types

Plant Care Tips

tend to grow them as annuals, as not all hybrids are as heat and cold tolerant as they need to be in the lower hardiness zones. Violas are wonderfully easy to grow; choosing from the plethora of colours available is part of the delight of replanting each year. They are popular at any time of the year, but many people love to plant them either in early spring or fall, when the cheery little flowers brighten up an otherwise dull landscape. Once they start blooming, you can prolong the season by deadheading them regularly. Violas do well in average soil. Though they prefer lots of sunshine, they will do well in part shade, too; the plant may, however, be leggier. Water the plants well, but allow the soil to dry slightly before watering again.