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Viola reichenbachiana

Early dog violet

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to June
  • Height0.1m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourPink, mauve, pale blue
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Viola reichenbachiana (Early dog violet). This perennial produces small flattish pink, mauve or pale blue flowers in the spring and summer. The leaves are kidney-shaped and green.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Herbaceous

Other common names

Violet

Origin

North America, Andes, Japan

Interest and use

Grown for their distinctive flowers. Attracts butterflies

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHardy (min -10°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • 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

Popagate by seed; the annuals sown according to flowering season. Usually the perennials and sub-shrubs are propagated by softwood cuttings in spring or they can be propagated by root division. Species may also be propagated by seed in spring or autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Protect from slugs and greenfly

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