"Alba Plena" is a double, crisp white violet. We hybridize many of our own plants–are famous for our ‘Rob’s’ and ‘Ma’s’ series of African violets, and our ‘Bristol’s’ series of gesneriads (African violet relatives).
Hard to find, these most fragrant of all Violets hail from mysterious origins and are unknown in the wild. : Attracts bees
Flowers were grown for perfume in an earlier time. They can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last spring frost. Although Parmas are not as hardy as other Viola odorata varieties, they should survive to 20 degrees F. with mulch or shelter. : Great cut flower
Blooms in Spring (with lesser Summer bloom) atop a dense, slowly spreading mound of shiny heart shaped leaves to 6” tall and up to 16” across.
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We grow our plants in a renovated barn, circa 1900, with an attached glasshouse and other buildings. Use under shrubs or as shade edging, we love them potted up for easy scentual access! The origin of the Parma violets is unknown; however, Empress Josephine, who grew them at Malmaison, embraced them. : Native Flower.
The most richly scented of all violets, the 1870 'Duchesse de Parme' has doubled flowers of lavender. HA -- Hardy Annual. Richmond, CA 94801
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Hardy annuals can stand some frost, so sow in the open ground well before the last spring frost date, or, in warm winter areas, sow in fall.
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Can be wintered indoors in colder climates. Once grown by Empress Josephine at Malmaison, the petite, lavender, double blooms are intensely scented, inflaming Parma Passion with a single sniff!
TA -- Tender Annuals. Lush in growth with heart-shaped leaves that remain evergreen.
They appeared in Italy, in the 16th century, introduced by the Bourbons (the ruling dynasty of the times) who in turn brought them from Spain or Portugal. Retail Walk-in StoreGreenhouses have Reopened.Click here for Reopening details. As new growth grows from the top spending much of the plant's energy, the old leaves at the bottom of the plant … Most are hardy carpeting perennials, Parma violets are the exception (zone 7). Tender annuals are warm weather plants that cannot withstand any frost and prefer warm nights. Once grown by Empress Josephine at Malmaison, the petite, lavender, double blooms are intensely scented, inflaming Parma Passion with a single sniff!
Hard to find, these most fragrant of all Violets hail from mysterious origins and are unknown in the wild. None
As Parma violets aren’t as hardy as Viola odorata, the violet of English hedgerows, they were grown in glass houses in the United Kingdom. At any given time, we have 30,000+ plants …
Half-hardy annuals will survive a very light frost but are planted in the open at the last spring frost date or a little later.
First introduced into cultivation in Germany in 1900. ). Click here for holiday closings & specific hours each month. Heirloom sweet violets are modest plants with endearing heart-shaped leaves and delicate flowers that release an intensely candy-sweet perfume. Once grown for use in perfumery and corsages, we enjoy it today as a potted plant, where the petite flowers show to best advantage.
Sign up for our email newsletter and receive occasional garden tips, sale notifications and exclusives! Viola Queen Charlotte - Common name:Sweet Violet - Extremely fragrant violet of romance. Parma violets are the exotic members of the violet family. : Scented leaves
Deepest violet flowers in spring please both eyes and nose. Tender annuals with long weeks to bloom (16-18+) should be started indoors 8-10 weeks before the last spring frost.
: Heat and/or drought tolerant
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Works well under shrubs. Parma Violet ‘Marie Louise’ (Viola hybrid) Very popular as a cut flower, this is the biggest and hardiest of the Parma Violets. The origins of this plant are still shrouded in mystery. 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM MON-FRI. Fragrance delicio!
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