A Heartsease for Every Garden

Meet the Viola tricolor, also affectionately known as the Johnny-jump-up, Heart's-ease, and a myriad of other delightful names. This charming little plant is a garden's delight, with its vibrant colors and ability to attract a host of pollinators.

Viola tricolor

Partial To Full Sun

Can handle a mix of direct and bright light throughout the day.

Moderate Water Needs

Needs regular watering (multiple times a week), but can manage occasional variations.

Prefers Loamy or Sandy Soils

Best in loamy or sandy soils. Rocky soil may pose moderate challenges.

Moderately Adaptable Soil pH

Can thrive in acidic to neutral pH ranges.

Safe For Humans

No known toxic effects.

Low Safety Risks For Pets

This plant has minimal safety concerns for pets.


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About Viola tricolor

The Viola tricolor stands at a modest height of 3 to 10 inches, with a width ranging from 3 to 12 inches. Its leaves are a refreshing lime color, while its flowers are a striking mix of sapphire, off-white, canary, tangerine, amethyst, and pearl, often streaked together in a mesmerizing pattern.

Did you know that the Viola tricolor is also known as 'Love-in-idleness'? This whimsical name is just one of the many testaments to the charm of this delightful plant.

Also known as

European wild pansy
Field pansy
Heart's ease
Herb trinity
Johnny jumpup
Miniature pansy
Pansy violet
Three-Coloured Violet
Three-colored Violet
Wild pansy


The Viola tricolor is a consumable plant, adding not just aesthetic value to your garden, but also a nutritious element to your meals.

Our design recommendations

The Viola tricolor is perfect for cluster planting, creating a burst of color and life in any garden. Its striking flowers not only add visual appeal, but also a pleasant fragrance to your outdoor space. The Viola tricolor is a versatile plant that can thrive in a variety of landscape locations, including pastures, wild areas, water gardens, banks, and groves.