A cool-blue viola

The viola 'Rain Blue and Purple' took top honors in the 2009 All-America Selections annual competition. Violas, sometimes called miniature pansies or Johnny jump ups, are vigorous, being more cold-tolerant than the large-flowered pansy and generally having a longer blooming season. The 1½-inch blooms of 'Rain Blue and Purple' open as purple and white and mature to purple and blue. Single plants spread 10–14 inches and have a trailing habit that makes them particularly fetching in containers. The AAS organization promotes new seed varieties, judged in impartial trials in North America, that have superior garden performance.

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