Viola odorata

Sweet violet

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


Viola odorata

Plant details

Viola odorata is a charming perennial, bearing tiny, strongly scented flowers over semi-evergreen foliage. It's perfect for growing in a sheltered spot in light shade, and can make good, light ground cover in a dappled woodland garden or under shrubs. A carpet of violets makes fragrant ground cover in a rose bed, giving it a spectacular early flowering display leading up to the start of the rose season. Plants are easy to grow, and spread slowly.

Grow Viola odorata in moist soil in partial shade.

Family: Violaceae

Genus: Viola

Species: odorata

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to take cuttings: July to August

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