Wild Pansy / Heartsease / Love-In-Idleness (Viola Tricolor)
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Wild Pansy / Heartsease / Love-In-Idleness (Viola Tricolor)

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The Wild Pansy, also known as Heartsease or Love-in-Idleness, is one of the ancestors of the garden pansy (Viola x Wittrockiana) which was cultivated from countless crosses and selections. The wild plant can be discovered all over Europe as a ground
covering herb on rather acidic soils such as empty lots or arable land. As its Latin name tricolor already suggests, the flowers are multi-colored violet, yellow and white.

The above-ground plant parts, its leaves and flowers can be eaten and used as a remedy. Especially the edible flowers with their light camphor aroma are an excellent addition to salads. Due to the high proportion of mucilage contained, the leaves are well suited for the thickening of soups. Dried leaves and flowers are tasty and decorative in herbal tea blends.

In addition to the already mentioned mucilage substances, which can be used for external and internal applications against skin diseases and eczema, above all the high concentration of rutin is what makes the plant medically effective. In the dried herb with flowers, up to 25% of these antioxidative ingredients can be found.

The wild pansy is also described as a love plant, at least when it comes to Shakespeare. In his comedy "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Oberon and Puck make a love potion from the juice of the plant. Indeed, dye can be gained from the blossoms.

Seeds, content approx. 200 Viola Tricolor seeds
Details: Plant description & care
Plant family:
Plant height approx.:
10 – 35 cm
Flowering time:
Flower colour:
Lifecycle :
Shade full sun
Sowing & cultivation
Indoor pre-culture (seedling stage):
Sowing time outdoors:
Sowing depth:
0.5 cm
Best germination temperature :
16 – 18 °C
Germination time in days:
21 – 30
Planting distance:
10 cm
Main harvest:
Outdoor sowing in spring from March. Do not cover the seeds with soil, they need light to germinate. Sunny or half-shady site with an acid, non-calcareous soil. Well suitable for escaping.

Picture source:
Von Jörg Hempel, CC BY-SA 2.0 de, Link
Item number
Magic Garden Seeds
Seed quantity:
200 Pcs.


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