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Herbaceous Perennial

Viola 'Rebecca' (Vtta)

violet 'Rebecca'

A clump-forming, evergreen perennial growing to 15cm tall. Fragrant flowers are a pale cream splashed with purple with a yellow centre and have slightly frilly edges.

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Cream Purple Green
Summer Cream Purple Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Violaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Viola can be annuals, biennials or deciduous or evergreen perennials, with simple or pinnately lobed leaves and 5-petalled flowers of characteristic shape

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Will grow in any moderately fertile soil apart from waterlogged soils in full sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by softwood tip cuttings in spring or late summer. May be short-lived so propagate regularly

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Patio and container plants
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Rock garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
  • Underplanting of roses and shrubs
Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering and cut back to maintain compactness

Pests

May be attacked by slugs, snails, aphids, glasshouse red spider mite and violet gall midge

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews, pansy leaf spot, a virus and a rust

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