Sweet Violets (Viola Odorata)

cornishpiskie(Z4 ON)February 6, 2005

Hi Folks,

I am just starting a garden here in Whitefish, ON after 20 years of gardening in South Africa and Australia. So basically I haven't a clue about Northern Gardening! Can anyone tell me if Sweet Violets can survive our winters?

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cailinriley(z3 Calgary AB)

I have them happily spreading in my zone 3 garden, so they should survive for you. My problem is that they don't always bloom. It always depends on the type and duration of spring we get in Calgary. Some years, we go straight from winter to summer!! Last year, we had a long spring and I had lots of flowers. You'll be surprised at the treasures you can grow in zone 4. Welcome to the Great White North!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2005 at 2:43PM
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sheryl_ontario(Muncho Lake, BC z2)

Oh my! They not only survive, they multiply, quickly, by seed. They reseed all over the place, preferring shady areas. I love them. My book says they make a good salad too, with more vit A than spinach.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2005 at 4:15PM
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LauraBC(z8 BC Cda)

I got a few very tiny plants last spring from my neighbours yard and by the middle of November I had to divide them and move them around, now I have about 10 nice plants about 8" round all madly blooming. I may have to try them in salad, they way they are growing I think we'll have to to keep up with them!

    Bookmark   March 18, 2005 at 5:24AM
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cantstopgardening(Zone 4/5 WI)

They come in lots of lovely varieties too! My darn husband doesn't like them as they spread quite readily, but I just love them. Wisconsin state flower too!

    Bookmark   March 22, 2005 at 10:56PM
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