Parma Violet- Pretty white, double flowers with a predominant pale blue edge to the petals. Good scent. Originates from Mike Hardman, UK.
Parma violets flower from late winter to early spring. They were extensively grown for the cut flower market in France, the flowers are also edible & ideal for crystalisation. They are half-hardy so are best grown in pots so they can be brought under cool glass protection for winter where they prefer to have drier soil. Like sweet violets they require winter sun & shade in the summer and like to be grown in humus rich, moist but well drained (neutral - alkaline) soil. We also recommend planting them with 'Rootgrow' for best results.