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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
sweet violet English violet
florist's violet garden violet March violet sweet pansy
Viola can be annuals, biennials or deciduous or evergreen perennials, with simple or pinnately lobed leaves and 5-petalled flowers of characteristic shape
Violets are stoloniferous perennials with small, highly fragrant, self-coloured purple, blue or white flowers in late winter and early spring
V. odorata is a rhizomatous perennial forming a loose mat of heart-shaped leaves with fragrant violet or white flowers 2cm across in late winter and early spring
Habit Mat forming
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Up to 10 cm
Time to ultimate height
Excellent for wild or woodland garden. Grow in moist but well-drained soil
Propagate by seed or division
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds Low Maintenance Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs
Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens
Pruning Deadhead to prolong flowering
Pests May be attacked by slugs, snails, glasshouse red spider mite and violet gall midge
May be affected by pansy leaf spot and powdery mildews
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