Signs of Spring- Purple and Yellow Johnny-jump-up Flowers
Johnny-jump-ups found in my yard. Spring 2012
Every year I find more Johnny-jump-ups flowers in my lawn than in my garden. Their colors range from purple, purple/yellow mix (with varying percentage of each color), to yellow. These little pansy flowers will takeover my front yard by summertime, even when mowed over. Although I don't remember planting them, I love to see them where ever they pop up.
Yellow Johnny-jump-up found in the snow. Winter 2010
Johnny-jump-ups (viola corunta) grow in North America in zones 3-9. They prefer rich, moist, well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. In the wild, they are commonly seen in fields, woods, or by the side of the road. These cold-season annuals grow in 3-6 inch clumps reaching up to 6-12 inches tall. Due to reseeding and spreading they also can be considered a perennial.
You can grow Johnny-jump-ups from seeds directly outdoors in the spring or fall or seeded indoors for transplanting later. These flowers can be purchased from the lawn and garden center and nurseries.
Johnny-jump-ups bloom from spring to fall. They are very easy to grown and are low maintenance. A great border or container plant that is mostly disease and pets free. The dainty 1 ½" flowers are edible, used in salads or sugared for decorations for deserts.