Viola is a genus with an unusually wide distribution, through most of both northern and southern hemispheres. They include some widespread and easily grown British natives, and South American rosette-forming species that are almost impossible to cultivate. Sadly, we don't have that last group, but our list includes some that are rarely offered for sale in Britain. All have the characteristics viola or pansy flowers.
Viola kosaninii is a rare woody species from the Balkans, with lilac flowers. Grows among limestone mountain rocks, and should be protected from winter wet.
9 cm pot|
||Late spring to early summer|
||open, sunny position|
||alkaline, well drained soil|