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Viola odorata 'Queen Charlotte' (Sweet Violet)

Sweet Violet 'Queen Charlotte', March Violet 'Queen Charlotte', Sweet Pansy 'Queen Charlotte', Wood Violet 'Queen Charlotte', English Violet 'Queen Charlotte', Florist's Violet 'Queen Charlotte', Garden Violet 'Queen Charlotte', Viola 'Königin Charlotte', Viola odorata 'Konigen', Viola odorata 'Königin Charlotte'


Viola odorata 'Queen Charlotte' (Sweet Violet) is an evergreen perennial forming a ravishing mound of shiny, heart shaped, dark green leaves. Blooming in late winter and early spring, sweetly-scented, large, dark blue to purple flowers arise above the foliage. Adding fragrance and color when few other plants are at their peak, Sweet Violet is an indispensable perennial for the shade garden. Flowers are excellent for cutting and edible, eat them fresh or candied. First introduced into cultivation in Germany in 1900.

  • Grows up to 6 in. tall (15 cm) and 12-18 in. across (30-45 cm). Will spread by runners and multiply at a moderate rate, once established.
  • A part shade lover, it is best grown in fertile, moist, well-drained soils. Full sun may be tolerated in cool summer areas.
  • This plant is very versatile and can be used in beds, borders, underplanting shrubs and roses, cottage gardens, rock gardens, woodland gardens, containers or as ground covers.
  • Watch for slugs, snails, glasshouse red spider mite, violet gall midge, pansy leaf spot and powdery mildews. Deer resistant.
  • Deadhead to prolong flowering. After flowering cut back vigorous plants to keep compact.
  • Propagate by stem cuttings in spring or late summer.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Viola - Violets
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 5" – 6" (12cm – 15cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" (37cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Viola - Violets
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Height 5" – 6" (12cm – 15cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 15" (37cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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