Shangri-La Marina Pansy
Viola cornuta 'Shangri-La Marina'
Shangri-La Marina Pansy flowers
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Plant Height: 6 inches
Flower Height: 8 inches
Spacing: 8 inches
Hardiness Zone: 5b
Other Names: Winter Pansy, Violet
This variety produces spectacular blooms that are sky blue, with golden eyes and indigo stripes radiating from purple blotches; flowers early and persistantly all season, even in low light; well branched and free flowing habit
Shangri-La Marina Pansy has masses of beautiful sky blue flowers with white overtones, gold eyes and indigo stripes at the ends of the stems from early spring to late fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its oval leaves remain green in color throughout the season.
Shangri-La Marina Pansy is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.
This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;
Shangri-La Marina Pansy is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Shangri-La Marina Pansy will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity extending to 8 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and tends to be biennial, meaning that it puts on vegetative growth the first year, flowers the second, and then dies. However, this species tends to self-seed and will thereby endure for years in the garden if allowed. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.
Shangri-La Marina Pansy is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.