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Viola odorata

Sweet violet

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


Viola odorata

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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