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VIOLA (PRINCESS SERIES)

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Bosh Bruening

Family

Violaceae

Botanical Name

VIOLA( PRINCESS SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Horned Violet

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm

  • Width

    4"-6" / 10.2cm - 15.2cm

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Purple, Plum

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes