Newbie Viola Questions
Hi! I just moved into my first home and am super excited about having a garden. I would like to grow all sorts of edible things, and violets seem like they will be a beautiful addition. But I have many questions! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
1. I purchased a packet of mixed heirloom pansy seeds. I would also like to purchase some viola odorata, and perhaps some other varieties. If I grow them all together (I'd like them to naturalize in one area of the backyard) will I end up with a random mix of plants if they interbreed?
2. If so, how far apart do they need to be in order not to interbreed?
3. What is the difference between pansies and violets, if any? Aren't they all violas?
3. Is there any species of viola or pansy that is not edible? If I buy some at say, Home Depot- do I need to worry that they've been treated with chemicals so I shouldn't eat them?