VIOLA( PRINCESS SERIES)
Plant Common Name
Hybrid Horned Violet
The open-pollinated horned violet hybrids in the Princess Series produce lots of pretty 1 inch (~2.5 cm) flowers in an array of pretty pure colors including white, yellow, purple and deep plum. They are hardy, early blooming and easy to grow from seed.
This small, short-lived perennial forms neat, tufted clumps of foliage that rise from small, slender rhizomes with fibrous roots. Its small, spring green leaves are oval or heart-shaped and have scalloped edges. Its delicate, five-petaled, violet-like flowers come in shades of violet-blue, lavender, purple or white. Each flower is subtly fragrant and has a small awl-shaped spur, or nectary, at its base. These are sometimes likened to a horn, which explains the common name, horned violet. The flowers are bee pollinated but may attract butterflies too. Seed-filled capsule fruits follow that split open into three parts when mature. These readily germinate if allowed to.
The horned violet blooms continuously from late spring to late summer in regions where the growing season is generally cool but will refrain from blooming as the weather heats up. Cultivated forms can be forced to bloom at other times of the year and are a favorite winter annual in the south.
Full sun and sharply drained, moderately fertile soil with a neutral pH is preferred. The horned violet is short-lived so it’s seedlings are often welcome and may even naturalize if allowed to. This ornamental is best planted in cool seasons or where summers never get too hot. It is ideal for container plantings, alpine or rock gardens, or along the edge of mixed borders.
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Bedding Plant, Container, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
Sharp or Has Thorns