Plants That Are in the Violet Family

Violaceae is the scientific name for the violet family. This family contains low-growing foliage with flowers that have five petals. The flowers are followed by a fruit capsule that splits along three lines. The violet family contains over 850 different varieties. Violas are one of the largest and most common groups in violet family.

Viola hybrida "Blue Shades"

Viola hybrida "Blue Shades" flowers in the spring and grows to a height of 6 inches. This violet originates in the Alps of Central Europe. Blue Shades produce flowers in shades of pale to slate blue with a small yellow center.

Viola hybrida "Rose Shades"

Viola hybrida "Rose Shades" produces blooms throughout the summer if deadheaded. This viola is compact and bushy, featuring rose-colored blooms with a yellow center. It grows 6 to 10 inches tall. It does well as a container flower.

Viola Nigra

Viola nigra grows to a height of 9 inches with late spring blossoms. This pansy's flowers are midnight blue almost black in color. If left alone, this pansy will reseed itself.

Viola x hybrida "Magnifico"

Viola x hybrida "Magnifico" grows to 8 inches tall. This spring blooming viola produces pure white flowers edged with a purple border and small yellow centers.

Viola x hybrida "Penny Sunrise"

Viola x hybrida "Penny Sunrise" is a compact viola that grows to 6 inches. Penny Sunrise produces bright orange blooms. This variety tolerates light frost and hot summer weather. This viola is grows well in a child's flower garden.

Viola x williamsiana Brush Strokes

Viola x williamsiana "Brush Strokes" grow to 6 inches high with early summer blooms. Brush Strokes flowers are multicolor in shades of orange, purple and blue with dark streaks. The flowers resemble blossoms painted by an artist.

Viola x wittrockiana "Chalon French Riviera"

Viola x wittrockiana "Chalon French Riviera" grows 4 to 6 inches tall. This pansy produces sky-blue and yellow blossoms with black faces and ruffled edges. This is a good variety to use in a child's flower bed for summer blooms.

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