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Viola canina

Heath dog violet

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Features

  • BloomsApril to May
  • Height0.3m to 0.4m
  • Spread0.15m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourBlue
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Viola canina (Heath dog violet). The leaves are dark green, pointed and toothed. The large flowers are violet blue.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Herbaceous

Other common names

Dog violet, Heath violet, Violet

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Grown for their distinctive flowers. Attracts butterflies

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -23°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.5 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They will tolerate light frosts, You should grow them in cool, moist areas, They will appreciate shelter from the drying winds. You can propagate from seeds in late winter or early spring, or perennial species by division or from cuttings.

Propagation

You can propagate by division.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Protect from slugs and greenfly

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