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Botanical name: Viola riviniana
Other names: Common dog violet, Wood violet, Dog violet
Species: V. riviniana - V. riviniana has ovate, heart-shaped leaves and violet flowers.
Viola riviniana is: Evergreen
Flower: Dark-purple in Spring; Dark-purple in Summer
Foliage: Bright-green in All seasons
Fragrance: Flowers are sweetly scented from late winter to spring.
Plant with: Narcissus pseudonarcissus (Wild daffodil), Abelia schumannii (Schumann abelia), Ajuga reptans (Bugle), Astrantia major 'Sunningdale Variegated' (Masterwort 'Sunningdale Variegated'), Bellis perennis (Daisy), Leucanthemum vulgare (Ox-eye daisy), Betula utilis var. jacquemontii 'Grayswood Ghost' (Himalayan birch 'Grayswood Ghost'), Brassica oleracea var acephala (Kale)
Pruning: Deadhead to prolong flowering. . REGISTER to read more...
Propagation methods: Seed. REGISTER to read more...
Viola riviniana (Common dog violet) will reach a height of 0.1m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses: Cottage/Informal, Wildflower, Woodland, Beds and borders, Underplanting
Cultivation: Grow in moist but well-drained soil.
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|Soil types:||Chalky, Loamy, Sandy|
|Soil drainage:||Moist but well-drained, Well-drained|
|Soil pH:||Acid, Neutral|
|Light:||Partial Shade, Full Shade, Full Sun|
|Aspect:||North, South, East, West|
Discuss Viola riviniana (Common dog violet) with other Shoot members.
This is by far the commonest wild violet, and one that occurs in a variety of habitats from woodland banks to mountains and moors. It was once cultivated in the south-west for Easter bouquets.
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