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PlantFiles: Violet
Viola 'Etain'

Family: Violaceae (vy-oh-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viola (vy-OH-la) (Info)
Cultivar: Etain

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive wyomingsage On Apr 10, 2014, wyomingsage from Kinnear, WY (Zone 4a) wrote:

Had little problem with this viola overwintering in Central Wyoming’s sagebrush country, Zone 4a, in non-mulched, non-supplemented, loamy soil and located on the south side of an unheated garage. Additional, circumstantial details…Winter moisture alternated between sparse, but frequent snow cover to no snow cover at all for our generally cold and dry winters (9” annual precipitation). The viola apparently received enough moisture (but not too much as to rot) from roof snow sliding off and melting at the roof’s drip line on ’warmer’ days. As the viola wasn’t always covered with snow, it remained pretty exposed to the cold air a good portion of the time. During the winter months it actually was covered partially by a very thin layer of fall leaf 'die-off' from a nearby juvenile hollyhock. However, I don't consider that to be a bona fide and effective mulch covering against temp and moisture extremes. Probably because the little flower’s local environment was a bit rough on it, it began spring leafing as of the beginning of April…I think a little late for violas around here (I had somehow forgotten to protect it last fall so I didn't really expect it to make it through the winter...other violas that I own need to be mulched well for them to survive our winters). This new spring growth isn't counting some old viola leaves from last year's growth that were still green, though wilted, that I found underneath the sparse, dead hollyhock leaf covering! I will now baby and increasingly enrich this hardy and carefree keeper in order to supercharge it for bloom will be interesting to see what it's capable of really putting out when more attention is given to it! It’s noticeably responding to new compost laid down only three days ago. A beautiful, delicate-looking and tasteful addition to the flower garden; especially a cottage garden. Enjoy your Etain Viola!

Positive ms_greenjeans On May 25, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This viola has performed very well in zone 4a. I have a photo of mine blooming on Dec. 4 of 2009 and on Easter Sunday/April 4th of 2010--unbelievable! I love these violas so much that I keep getting more of them. I think I have about a dozen now. Mine are under a very messy cedar tree in a mostly shady location. They all went through this past winter, which was a real Minnesota winter, with no covering at all. The only thing I do to this plant is deadhead it consistently and trim it back if it gets leggy. These violas are fragrant and do well as a cut flower, although the stems are fairly short.

Positive bsewall On Apr 17, 2010, bsewall from Richmond, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

These fragrant perennials are long blooming with yellow and lavender flowers that have an almost iridescent quality – you just can’t take your eyes of them. I have them planted in an old wine barrel in the shade with plenty of moisture and rich, loamy soil. And they just keep on blooming.

Neutral bonniewong On Nov 24, 2005, bonniewong from edmonton
Canada wrote:

Beautiful Viola, it is blooming like crazy all spring, summer and fall. It says it is hardy to zone 4, I am in zone 3/4 but can overwinter zone 5/6 plants with little or no mulch as I get tons of snow. I can't overwinter this viola, very frustrating, I bought it yet again, will mulch the heck out of it, and cross my fingers!

Positive jayhawk9 On Jun 1, 2004, jayhawk9 from Staten Island, NY wrote:

Ordered 3 'etain violas' because the picture looked good in the catalogue and they had a light fragrance. I live in a New York City suberb and I AM DELIGHTED!! All three are thriving. They provide a beautiful sight and a most agreeable olfactory experience. Next year I intend to order many, many more. With limited backyard space, I want a floral display through-out the summer with easy maintenance. The etain viola will certainly be at the top of my order list for next season.

Positive philomel On Nov 11, 2002, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenées
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is my favourite of all the named Violas. It is a very good doer compared to some and flowers very freely over a long period. The flowers are wonderfully scented too.


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

Hayward, California
Miranda, California
Richmond, California (2 reports)
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Santa Clara, California
Sebastopol, California
Denver, Colorado
Randolph, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Hopkins, Minnesota
Lima, Ohio
Hillsboro, Oregon
Ephrata, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas
Charlottesville, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington
Black Earth, Wisconsin
Kinnear, Wyoming
Pavillion, Wyoming
Riverton, Wyoming

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