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Viola x wittrockiana 'Giant Forerunner White'( GIANT FORERUNNER SERIES)
Plant Common Name
Giant Forerunner White Pansy, Pansy
Beautiful, pure white blooms cover 'Giant Forerunner White' when growing conditions are cool and pleasant. They are strong, floriferous, compact and noted for their good cold tolerance, so they will continue to perform into winter better than most cultivars.
Pansies are one of the most beloved of all garden flowers. Their beautiful, expressive flowers offer some of the most interesting diverse color combinations. Though typically grown as annuals, these are actually short-lived, cool season perennials. Viola x wittrockiana is a hybrid made up of a complex mix of species including Viola tricolor, V. lutea, V. altaica, and V. cornuta, among others.
The compact plants have semi-evergreen leaves of medium green with a rounded shape and scalloped edges. Blooming commonly occurs from fall to spring, or whenever the weather is not too cold or hot. Its distinctive flowers are large, flat-faced and have five rounded petals. They come in shades of white, violet-blue, lavender, purple, orange, yellow, pink, red, or near black. Most are bi-colored or multi-colored and subtly fragrant. They are pollinated by bees, among other insects. Green, bulbous seed capsules follow. As they age, they burst open to expel lots of small, brown seeds.
Overall, pansies prefer sites with full to partial sun and moist, fertile, well-drained soil with a slightly acid to neutral pH. Plants bloom continuously in regions where the growing season is generally cool but will refrain from blooming as the weather heats up. Slugs favor the foliage and are particularly problematic when conditions are cool and wet. Otherwise, these are carefree garden plants. They are best used in container plantings and garden edges. Their broad suite of colors offers limitless design possibilities.