Viola cornuta 'Helen Mount' (Johnny Jump-Up) is a charming and popular cultivar of Viola cornuta, a species in the Violaceae family. This perennial plant is known for its small, colorful flowers and its ability to bloom throughout much of the year in temperate climates.
Viola cornuta 'Helen Mount' features small, delicate flowers with five petals, each adorned with characteristic dark lines, resembling a tiny face. The flowers are typically purple with yellow or white markings, creating a striking contrast. The foliage is green and slightly serrated.
Johnny Jump-Up is a hardy perennial that thrives in cool and temperate climates. It prefers well-draining soil and can tolerate partial shade to full sun. It is known for its ability to withstand light frosts, making it an excellent choice for early spring and fall blooms. The flowers are attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies, making them beneficial for supporting local wildlife.
'Helen Mount' is often used in various garden settings, including flower beds, borders, rock gardens, and containers. Its compact growth habit makes it suitable for smaller spaces or edging garden pathways.
Johnny Jump-Up, with its sweet-faced flowers and reliable performance, is a delightful addition to any garden. Its adaptability to cooler climates and ability to self-seed makes it a long-lasting and cherished resident in many garden landscapes. With minimal care, Viola cornuta 'Helen Mount' can provide a charming display of flowers and add a touch of cheerfulness to your outdoor spaces.
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Scientific Name: Viola Cornuta 'Helen Mount'
Common Name: Johnny Jump-Up
Plant Type: Perennials, Annuals
Zone: 6 to 10
Native Range: United States
Full Growth Height: 6-12 "
Spread: 6-8 "
Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Blooming Season: Spring, Fall
Pollinators: Butterflies, Birds
Flower Color: Lilac, Purple, Yellow
Water Requirement: Average, High
Soil Type: Sand, Clay, Well-Drained, Moist
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Uses: Borders, Containers, Cut Flowers, Edging, Woodlands