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Gardening in the Rainy Zone.
Viola 'Tiger Eyes'
Sunset zones: 1-10, 14-24.
USDA zones: 4-9.
Height: 4-8 inches (10-20 cm).
Width: 4-8 inches (10-20 cm).
Golden yellow petals with burgundy blotches and veins. Veins loop back at the edge of each petal.
Evergreen, ovate, toothed leaves.
Evergreen clumper, sometimes with spreading stems.
Full sun to partial shade.
Light, humus rich, well-drained soil.
Side dress with compost and a complete organic fertilizer in spring.
In late winter/spring or late summer, sow seed and cover well; then germinate at temperatures of 65-70°F (19-24°C). Summer sowings should over-winter in cold frames.
Occasionally shear back plants to stimulate more flowers.
Pests and diseases:
Aphids, western flower thrips and red spider mite may be problems.
Rainy Side Notes
Often treated as annuals and biennials, these hardy, disease resistant violas are perennial. Although they are short-lived perennials, they flower year round and are especially welcome bright spots during winter in our maritime climate. Viola ‘Tiger Eyes’ wins hands down as my favorite pansy. I like the burgundy hued, almost black, loopy veining that rises out of the blotch, stretches to the end of the golden yellow petal, and then loops back, returning to the blotch.
I like to start the seed in early spring. The plant looks great, with some flowering the first year. It blossoms prolifically the second. Starting a new batch of seed the second year insures you have these plants to enjoy all year round.
Photographed in author's garden.
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