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PlantFiles: Sweet Violet, English Violet, Garden Violet
Viola odorata 'Alba'

Family: Violaceae (vy-oh-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viola (vy-OH-la) (Info)
Species: odorata (oh-dor-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Alba

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USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

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Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral bsgardens On Apr 23, 2009, bsgardens from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have these growing in a certain area in my yard. I love them.

If you don't catch the seed pods before they open they will spread rapidly. Unfortunately to catch them is a daily process and can be a pain to do.

They grow in full hot Florida sun ...

If you have the space and are looking for a spreading low growing plant this is the plant for you :D

Negative Malus2006 On Apr 20, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

To me it is more aggressive than the purple form of Sweet Violet in gardens - they will sometimes cross with each other and products flowers of different shades but more commonly with purple throats. A weed - will grow sun, shade, even dry shade, lawn, etc - only rabbits will eat them but not enough to kill them. Will seed heavily and can be a pain to pull from clay soil.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Jacksonville, Florida
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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