Fragrant flowers forum: Do you grow violas? / What are your favorites?

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Feb 26, 2014 7:23 AM CST
Wild violets or cultivated ... which ones are your most fragrant favorites?



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SongofJoy
Mar 1, 2014 5:41 AM CST
The sweet violet (Viola odorata) likes cool, moist, slightly acid to neutral soil in partial or dappled shade. It’s fairly tough, but not as cold hardy as the common or wild blue violet (V. papilionacea).

V. papilionacea is the common wild violet here and considered invasive or weedy some places.

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SongofJoy
Mar 1, 2014 5:45 AM CST




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abhege
Mar 1, 2014 10:04 PM CST
I used to grow Etan that I got from Bluestone Perennials but I couldn't get them to survive. Then I think I started Freckles from seed. My first experience growing them from seed and I really babied them they were prolific but I didn't bring any with me when I moved.
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SongofJoy
Mar 2, 2014 3:30 AM CST
Etain is a lovely one. It's funny because they are are so popular some places such as Europe, but there isn't a lot of discussion about them. I see them a lot at the nurseries in the spring here ... mostly V. tricolor. I have several of the "wild" varieties and some of the cultivars.
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dirtdorphins
Mar 2, 2014 1:27 PM CST
I think these might be Etain? I have quite a few of these.
(photos from last yr)
Thumb of 2014-03-02/dirtdorphins/f3d7ec

Thumb of 2014-03-02/dirtdorphins/26f711

Whatever they are, they are quite fragrant and persistent.

I planted a couple pedatas and a jooi last year, but I don't even see signs of life on them at this point...
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SongofJoy
Mar 4, 2014 7:57 AM CST
Sheesh ...I lost track of this thread. Yes, they appear to be Etain or a close hybrid thereof. Beautiful!

Where did you get your V. jooi?
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dirtdorphins
Mar 4, 2014 8:48 AM CST
Arrowhead Alpines

here is pic from 2 days ago, of whatever garden hybrid now lives in place of the thing purchased as 'Etain' at Costco
Thumb of 2014-03-04/dirtdorphins/c516e8

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SongofJoy
Mar 4, 2014 8:52 AM CST
They do tend to hybridize freely, don't they. You never know exactly what you'll get ... and keep on getting. Shrug!

They don't have V. jooi at Arrowhead right now. But 'Freckles' is a cute one.
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dirtdorphins
Mar 22, 2014 9:03 PM CST
@SongofJoy, Tee,

Here it is, the Transylvania weed, V. jooi

Thumb of 2014-03-23/dirtdorphins/748554

apparently it decided to start blooming first and unfurl some leaves a little later
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SongofJoy
Mar 23, 2014 2:59 AM CST
Great, dirt. Thanks for the photos. What size are the blooms?
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dirtdorphins
Mar 23, 2014 8:50 AM CST
a little bigger than a nickle...
Pics were taken at sunset last night, when I 'discovered' it. Maybe I'll try to clean it up a little and get more today...
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robertduval14
Mar 23, 2014 9:04 AM CST

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dirtdorphins said:I think these might be Etain? I have quite a few of these.
(photos from last yr)
Thumb of 2014-03-02/dirtdorphins/f3d7ec

Thumb of 2014-03-02/dirtdorphins/26f711



This is my Etain from last season.





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SongofJoy
Mar 23, 2014 9:48 AM CST
Beautiful. Thank you so much for posting. The flowers with more yellow look like 'Etain'. The ones with more purple resemble 'Starry Night'.
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dirtdorphins
Mar 23, 2014 2:10 PM CST
Hilarious! I know I purchased them labeled as 'Etain'. I tried to find pics from their first or second year, because they really were more yellow, although the purple edge was much darker/wider than those pictured above. No luck.

Here is yesterday
Thumb of 2014-03-23/dirtdorphins/be2fb6
I put them in when the smokebush-tree in the background was just a baby shrub. There is one on the left with a bit more yellow, but clearly the the progeny of the original has become mostly purple. And this, is just cool throat whiskers Smiling
Thumb of 2014-03-23/dirtdorphins/dee7cc

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SongofJoy
Mar 23, 2014 3:51 PM CST
Very cool whiskers. I like it a lot. Smiling
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dirtdorphins
Mar 23, 2014 6:30 PM CST
Okay--I found a yellow one hiding in there today--it's chomped and shadowed, but it's there
Thumb of 2014-03-24/dirtdorphins/253702

And here are some more of V. jooi
Thumb of 2014-03-24/dirtdorphins/9ddb00 Thumb of 2014-03-24/dirtdorphins/cd440f




sweet!

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SongofJoy
Mar 24, 2014 3:52 AM CST
Sweet indeed. Do you have a lot of them?
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dirtdorphins
Mar 24, 2014 5:49 PM CST
Not yet...but I read that they can become quite weedy.
Time will tell I guess. I am planning to relocate the one to a slightly shadier place where I welcome it's spread.
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SongofJoy
Mar 25, 2014 2:08 AM CST
Violas are known for that. Personally, I like that about them. I'm hoping to plant several new varieties next month, if possible. I have the seeds. But life sometimes gets in the way.
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