VIOLA Rockery Violet

There are also some true Rockery Violets which should be grown.

VARIETIES: Both V. aetolica

Flowering period: May-June) and V.biflora (April-May) produce yellow flowers on short stalks. The basic details of these two Rockery Violets are height 2 in., spread 1 ft. In April V. labradorica ‘Purpurea’ (height 3 in., spread 1 ft) bears white-throated violet blooms above purple-tinged leaves. If you see Violet flowers which are white with purple veins, the species is probably V. cucullata. Varieties of V. gracilis (height 4 in., spread 1 ft.

Flowering period: April-June) are grown in rockeries – good examples are ‘Major’ (yellow-eyed purple) and ‘Moonlight’ (yellow).

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained soil – thrives in sun or partial shade.

PROPAGATION: Plant cuttings in a cold frame in summer.

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