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Osgoode, ON
(Zone 5b)

May 30, 2011
7:40 AM

Post #8596521

I have loads of the big violets carpeting whole ares of the wild cedar forest behind my house. They don't have any scent, unfortunately but do a brilliant job as a ground cover. They do try to venture into the grassed areas nearby but (so far) not to any disturbing extend. Lovely to look at in the spring!

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New York, NY
(Zone 7a)

May 30, 2011
1:46 PM

Post #8597368

A lawn that isn't in deep shade and gets mowed regularly can outgrow violets, even the big V. sororia/cucullata/priceana/papillionacea or whatever they're called. They are lovely. I wish someone could breed scent into that tribe, since they're fiercely hardy and grow like weeds.
Calvert City, KY
(Zone 7a)

May 30, 2011
3:56 PM

Post #8597634

I have a tribe of them growing on the moist-er side of my house, sort of northeast. Strangely enough they are deep purple, white and a mix of the two. When I was growing up, there were yellow ones.

I haven't seen yellows in a long time.
Osgoode, ON
(Zone 5b)

May 31, 2011
5:42 AM

Post #8598722

Thanks for your comment dawnsharron - and you certainly called it a good few names!!
Next to the grass they are no problem indeed. I found some planted in the front bed by the house and am still removing the last stragglers years later! In the early spring they look a mess - just this bumpy, funny surface where the lush green growth had been. then seemingly overnight the carpet is back! I have a race on in my forest - periwinkle versus violets. Not too keen for a mix though!

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