As its name implies, heartsease has a long history of use in herbalism. Johnny Jump-ups will overwinter, or at least self-seed each year. Great for edging or borders. Uses: Culinary, medicinal
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Pick flowers when available.
Sowing time during spring. Spacing between 15 - 20 cm at a sowing depth of 3 mm in spring. Also self-seeds.
Cool and moist
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Traditionally to treat heart conditions (hence the name heartsease), but also made into a tea and drunk for a feverish cold, as a blood purifier and to tone blood vessels, especially the small vessels
Pick the flowers freshly opened and leave in cold water to swell up slightly before topping salads. To crystallise flowers for desserts, brush with egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar.
Mix of purple, yellow, white.
Violas are prone to mosaic viruses, downy mildew, powdery mildew, crown and root rot, rust, Botrytis, spot anthracnose, and other fungal leaf spots. Also common are slugs, snails, aphids, and violet leaf midges. Try to keep the foliage dry.