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Viola odorata

Sweet violet

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Scented flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Gary Smith, copyright GAP Photos (244500)

Plant details

This is the parent of a number of named varieties. It is a charming perennial, with tiny flowers that are strongly scented and make good subjects for cutting. The semi-evergreen foliage persists best 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.

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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