(Violet)" Viola " has many meanings in the English language. Viola is a musical instrument, a genus of butterflies, and a genus of flowering perennials. In the plant world, the term viola also has a special meaning that indicates size. Several of the 400 species in the genus viola have been heavily hybridized, while others remain untouched. Violas have many common names including pansy, viola, violetta, and violet. True violets are not related to African violets in the genus Saintpaulia.
The US native, Viola pedata, is considered by some to be difficult to grow because it does not tolerate wet feet. Viola pedata must be grown in very well-drained (sandy or gravelly) soil. When the soil is correct, Viola pedata is a small, colorful, clumping, hardy perennial that is perfect for a rock garden or as a container plant. When you are ready to buy viola for your perennial garden, we hope you'll check out our online offering of viola for sale.