This little purple gem lightens my heart whenever I see it unexpectedly peeking up through the snow. The first time I was introduced to this charming plant, Viola corsica (Corsican Pansy), it sounded like a great xeric addition to my hellstrips. It has proven to be just that. High Country Gardens describes it as "a much sought after but difficult to find perennial (I now see it often in local nurseries) that will not only live year to year...but will bloom most of the time too." It was a 2003 Plant Select Winner. Zones 4-9. The instructions say that it appreciates compost-enriched soil and regular watering. However, it resides in the tough, hard-packed soil that runs along the sidewalk and it is very happy there. It readily reseeds, blooms all summer and seems to relish any harsh condition that nature brings it's way. I love this little plant!