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A rare and elegant viola! This beautiful English hybrid has extra large 1¾" wide, pale lemon yellow blossoms with contrasting lavender-purple margins and a delightful fragrance. Though it blooms the heaviest from late spring to early summer, it will continue to send up flowers sporadically throughout the summer and into fall.

'Etain' is a clump-forming type, unlike many other violets which are groundcovers.

Violas grow best in cool, moist, shady environments. In the north, plants can tolerate full sun but prefer partial to full shade. Shade from decidous trees is ideal because the plants growing below receive full sun in the spring, followed by protection from the harsh summer sun once the trees get their leaves. In the south, violas should be grown in partial to full shade and mulched to help the soil stay cool and moist.

To stimulate additional flower production, plants should be sheared back periodically when blooming begins to decline. Plants can also be sheared back in early spring to remove any winter-damaged foliage.


From Walters Gardens, Inc. website

Viola 'Etain'

SKU: 8050018893861
  • Common Name Violet
    Plant Type Perennial
    Zone 5-9
    Height 6-8"
    Width 6-8"
    Growth Habit Upright, Clumping
    Growth Rate Medium
    Bloom Time

    Late Spring

    Early Summer


    Late Summer

    Early Fall


    Full Sun (> 6 hrs. Direct Sun)

    Part Shade (4-6 hrs. Direct Sun

    )Full Shade (< 4 hrs. Direct Sun)

    Water Needs

    Average Water Needs

    Consistent Water Needs

    Soil Type

    Fertile Soil Quality


    Border Plant


    Cut Flower

    Dried Flower


    Fragrant Flowers

    Fragrant Foliage

    Mass Planting


    Not Native to North America

    Attracts Wings:        

    Attracts Butterflies           

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