violet 'mars'

aisgecko(7b Raleigh)August 29, 2005

I have a violet 'Mars' that I divided. It put out lots of new growth, but the new growth is mainly green without the purple variegation. Will the purple veins fill out with age? or is it reverting? I had arranged a fall trade for a different violet and want to be sure it's a fair trade not a dud. If you have any information I would appreciate it. Thanks. -Aislinn

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stefanb8(z7 MD)

From what I remember last year, my 'Mars' did lose some or most of its purple coloration during the summer - whether it was the shade it was growing in, or if it simply turns green every summer, I'm not certain. It proved tender in a zone 4 Minnesota winter and I lost the plant, so I can't say much more.


    Bookmark   August 30, 2005 at 8:59PM
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etii(France 8)

Mine is loosing the purple coloration too :-)But it's because I had to cute the leaves: red spiders :-( The new ones are small and green. It's the first year I have it (thx Nath') so can say more except it does not make blooms, not seeds too (I had plenty of begining of flowers, but none make a bloom). Anyway, summer is not a good time for violet. Hope it won't die during winter :-( Crossed fingers and protection.
Mars is a good plant for imagination or fun, leaves are definitively crazy but that's all. What is the interest to have a violet which doesn't make any bloom and which is sterile ?

    Bookmark   August 31, 2005 at 4:59AM
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aisgecko(7b Raleigh)

I bought it before I knew much about it, I just liked the purple on the leaves. I was a little dissapointed that it never bloomed. Hopefully the purple will fill in. I have had mine for 3 years now. It's possible that it lost some of it's coloration before and I just didn't notice. Thanks. -Ais.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2005 at 1:41PM
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Mike Hardman(Cyprus, 100m altitude)

FYI: Viola 'Mars' is a Japanese hybrid V. hirtipes f. rhodovenia x V. japonica, introduced by Terra Nova Nurseries in 1998. The leaf-colouration comes from the f. rhodovenia side of the cross (you can work out what that Latin means).

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 1:38PM
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