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S ionantha

The ancestor for many of today's hybrids.  Single blue-violet.  Dark green, pointed, heart-shaped foliage with reddish back.  Profuse bloomer.  Standard species.


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S ionantha

Average Rating 4.9 out of 5

Very good performer in it's own right!

I like this plant in my collection, just to remind myself how much work has been done by hybridizers working to make a variety of colorful new cultivars. However, this species is a very good performer in it self!

Deborah Stout Nov 09 2023, 19:15 PM

Species violets

I’ve been purchasing from Violet Barn for many years. The plants always arrive in beautiful shape, sometimes blooming. I appreciate selection of Species Violets as after over 50 years of growing violets the species are my main concentration now.

Jann Selleck Sep 12 2023, 23:18 PM

Full of the natural beauty of Nature!

While I love all the hybrids, this one has a glow of natural beauty that is unsurpassed! Mine grows slightly upright, just enough to get a glimpse of burgundy and pink on the underside of the leaves. The flowers are a glowing violet. I have a rabbt foot fern growing atop a candle holder and surrounded it with species violets so that they are growing under a fern canopy. Together they create a picture of the untouched beauty of nature.! Spectacular!

Patrick Caba Aug 31 2022, 10:42 AM

Great place to start!

I began growing several species this year. I love them all, but S ionantha has been the easiest to grow. Beautiful, sturdy plant that has been blooming non-stop! Highly recommend!

Anonymous May 22 2022, 23:54 PM

Beginner’s fave

I got my first try of growing violets with S Ionantha. It’s blue violet colors were an eye catcher and it was easy to grow. With a beginner’s luck, this one is a winner.

Melanie Mallari Apr 02 2022, 23:21 PM

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