Viola cornuta ‘Victoria’s Blush’
Viola cornuta ‘Victoria’s Blush’ is a seedling selected by Elizabeth Macgregor from Viola cornuta ‘Victoria Cawthorne’. It has a magenta pink eye but pale sugar pink petals. A very pretty viola and one of only a few pink cultivars we grow. Viola cornuta ‘Victoria’s Blush’ can be a bit too vigorous and scrambling for a pot but excellent underplanting roses and at the border front.
Viola cornuta is a species native to the mountain pasturelands of the Pyrenees and is known for being hardy and robust. The flower shape is distinct and attractive, with narrow petals and a long thin upward pointing spur at the back which gives it the common name of the Horned pansy. They are particularly good for ground cover and work well scrambling through border fronts or underplanting roses. Flowering for most Viola cornuta cultivars starts in May and continues through to September. Though they tolerate a wide range of conditions, they are happiest in humus rich soils with reasonable drainage, in sun or partial shade (avoiding the hottest areas of the garden – they don’t like to be baked). Give plants space in a border to get established. We recommend planting in groups of three to achieve a good sized clump of 20-40cm in height and 30-50cm diameter (depending on cultivar).