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Viola 'Aspasia' (Va) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbaceous Perennial

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White and Yellow in 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 'Aspasia'

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

'Aspasia' is a tufted evergreen perennial to 20cm in height, with ovate leaves and flowers 3cm in length, the upper petals creamy-white, the lower ones deep yellow

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
  • Chalk, Loam, Clay or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by stem cuttings in spring or late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Ground Cover 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, violet gall midge

Diseases

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