Viola odorata L. var. alba
See Viola odorata L. White flowered forms occur naturally in the wild.
Horticultural & Botanical History
An ancient garden plant. There were many named varieties in Victorian gardens in a range of shades of blue and white, both double and single, often with very large, showy flowers. Aubrey vol.1 pl.XXIX/1789.
History at Camden Park
Listed in the 1845, 1850 and 1857 catalogues [H.234/1845]. The wild form of the English violet is well established in the gardens although I have not seen any with white flowers. A Victorian cultivar, ‘The Csar’ with large, deep violet flowers, has recently been introduced.
The common violet of Europe, Viola odorata, does not really qualify as a florist’s flower but was very popular as both a garden plant and pot-grown for house decoration and for scenting rooms.
Published Jan 31, 2009 - 03:36 PM | Last updated Aug 01, 2010 - 03:24 PM