Skip to site navigation

Viola 'Huntercombe Purple' (Va) AGM

Home  |  Plants > Plant Selector > Viola 'Huntercombe Purple' (Va) AGM

© RHS 2002

Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Mat forming

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Purple in Spring and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

viola 'Huntercombe Purple'

Family

Violaceae


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

Violas are compact reliably perennial, clump-forming plants with a complex root system and rounded, more or less fragrant flowers, often with darker rays, over a long period in late spring and summer

'Huntercombe Purple' is an evergreen perennial to 15cm in height, with ovate leaves and deep violet-purple flowers 3cm in width

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, East-facing or West-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Clay, Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by stem cuttings in spring or late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering. After flowering cut back vigorous plants to keep compact

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