I've just received an order of Viola odorata 'Queen Charlotte', and it turns out that the shipment instead contains the 'Royal Robe' cultivar. Will these be as fragrant as those I ordered?
Both are fragrant... A web search turns up info that 'Queen Charlotte' is very fragrant and 'Royal Robe' is fragrant. I think you'll need both -- and since you're gardening indoors, you MUST have a parma violet -- exceedingly fragrant!
Great idea, Van. By the way, Canyon Creek Nursery is said to be a very good source for all of these.
Van in NYC,
Parma violets are indoor plants? Do you know of a mail order nursery who sells parma violets? Or seeds of viola odorata? Thanks.
Logees Greenhouse has a large selection of Parma Violets. I kept mine indoors and perhaps due to lack of watering or maybe overwatering at times, I was not successful in growing them. But I will say this, when you buy them from Logees they could not be healthier, nor more perfumed. Try their website: and ask for their flower catalogue which is one of the best available. You'll find the selection of fragrant and Parma violets enormous!
Thanks, Joanmary! I'm overwintering mine in a cold frame, and will look over Logees selection in the spring.