violets from typical nurseries - are they perrenials?

trisha_mo(z5 MO)April 11, 2003

Last year I bought some violets from a nursery nearby and they were just labeled 'viola', nothing else. Any guesses as to what kind they might be? Are they likely to come up again this year? If so, will it be by reseeding?

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Mike Hardman(Cyprus, 100m altitude)

If they are violets, there is a very good chance they will reappear from last year's root-stock. The label 'viola' does not clarify the situation - it could relate to violets or pansies or bedding violas or violettas. Reseeding is, in general, an additional possibility.
If in doubt, don't hoe or weed, at least not for a good while yet.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2003 at 7:05PM
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trisha_mo(z5 MO)

I know they weren't pansies, but past that I really don't know what I bought, I believe the label by the plants just said violets.

I bought them because violets are supposed to be a host plant for some types of fritillary butterflies. Those may not have been the right type anyway though.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2003 at 2:27PM
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jenny_in_se_pa(USDA7 Sunset 32)

It seems alot of nurseries sell Viola tricolor as generically labeled "violas". When you bought it last year, was it in bloom?

    Bookmark   April 13, 2003 at 9:12AM
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trisha_mo(z5 MO)

yes, they were blooming. They were dark purple but could have had a little more color but I don't remember now. They also sold some yellow ones and I bought a couple of those too.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2003 at 11:38AM
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