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Viola sororaria

Violet

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Features

  • BloomsApril to July
  • Height0.05m to 0.15m
  • Spread0.15m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourWhite, purple, blue
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Viola sororaria (Violet). This species is a herbaceous perennial with ovate to rounded, scalloped leaves. The flowers are borne in the spring and summer with short spurs with white, purple, blue speckled and streaked blooms.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous

Other common names

Woolly blue violet

Origin

North America, Andes, Japan

Interest and use

Grown for their distinctive flowers. Attracts butterflies

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH5.5 to 6.0
  • WaterMoist

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

Propagate from seeds in late winter or early spring, or perennial species by division or from cuttings.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Protect from slugs and greenfly

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