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Viola riviniana

Common dog violet

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Features

  • BloomsMarch to May
  • Height0.1m to 0.2m
  • Spread0.15m
  • Growth HabitTufted
  • Flower ColourBlue-violet, spur-whitish
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Viola riviniana (Common dog violet). This is a tufted, small violet. The flowers are blue with no scent and are borne from spring throughout the summer. The leaves are long-stemmed and rounded. This plant is often found in the wild in Northern Europe.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Herbaceous

Other common names

Dog violet, Wood violet, Violet

Origin

Britain

Interest and use

Wildflower/meadow. Flowers are remontant.

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.5 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy and should be grown in the sun or shade in well drained but moisture retentive soil; a few species prefer acid soil. They will appreciate shelter from the drying winds.

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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