Viola x wittrockiana, the Multiflora Pansy, is a member of Violaceae, the violet family, and like many of the winter bedding plants we’ve been taking a look at over the last few weeks it can be seen at the moment growing all over the University. This year the Parks team have grown just over 1,000 of these cheerful Violas from seed to bring winter colour to beds and borders across town. They come in a range of colours and are winter hardy, flowering from around now right through until the late spring. They will grow to around 15cm high. Ideal for borders or containers, these plants are very easy to grow and don’t need to be dead-headed. They do best in full sun but will tolerate a little shade. Although the plants are hardy, the flowers will last a little longer in a sheltered position and the soil should be moist but never waterlogged. To propagate, grow from seed in the summer.