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International Cultivar Authority Registry Of The Genus Viola

Heirloom Single Flowered Violets

La Ballerina - Lydia's Legacy

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La Ballerina - Originating in the U.S.A.

Large blooms of rich lambent purple with full, slightly fluted petals flaring out like a dancer's skirts, above lush dark green foliage.  No scent. 

Lady Clifford - Clifford, Ugbrooke Park, (Devon) UK.  1903.

A giant flowered cultivar similar to 'Princesse de Galles', except that the flowers are shaded with purple and have a well defined white eye and the flowers are borne on 10 inch stems.  Compact habit.

Lady Jane -  Jean Arnot, Windward Violet Nursery, Dawlish (Devon) UK.  1983

Discovered by Jean Arnot amongst a bed of seedlings on the Windward Nursery and given to Dorothy Kimberley who was allowed to name it.   Mrs Kimberley named this violet in honour of her mother who had recently passed away.  The name comes from Dorothy's Grandfather, who had affectionately referred to her mother as his 'Lady Jane'.

The flowers are a deep rich purple with a reddish sheen, which are carried on long stems.  It is very free flowering and a good strong grower. Scented.

Lady Rose – Australian violet, date unknown.

A sport of ‘Rosina’.

Pure, clear-rose flowers with a very pronounced perfume.

La France -  Armand Millet, Bourg la Reine, France.  1891.

A fine violet that is amongst the largest in terms of flower size. Very large dark violet-blue flowers on long rigid stems, good compact habit found to be unusual in the larger flowered varieties.  An ideal choice where a dark bloom is required.  This cultivar has the distinction of blooming very early, though in cooler climates it should be grown under glass.

La Grande Luxonne - See 'Mme E. Arene'.

La Grosse Bleue - France 1895.

Large blue flowers.

Lamb's White - Lamb's Nursery,  Spokane ( Washington), USA. 1985.

Pure white flowers able to produce freely over a long season.  Offered by Canyon Creek Nursery (California) whose owner John Whitlesey worked for Lamb's at one time, this is a comparatively rare violet, restricted to just one nursery and supplies are scarce; however, to get hold of one of these violets makes the wait worthwhile.

Lancashire Ladd - Kerry Carmen, Masterton, New Zealand.

No description available.

Large Flowered Blue - See 'Askania'.

L'Arne - See 'Lianne'.

Laurel Knoll – Australia, date unknown.

Pink flowers.

Lavender Mist – The Fragrant garden, NSW, Australia.

No description available.

Lavender Lady - Origins unknown.

Pale lavender flowers with long upper petals, very vigorous and fragrant.

Lee's Ivory - Jean Burrows ( Avon) UK

No description available.

Lianne -  France 1906.

Medium sized purple-carmine flowers.  Scented.  Very hardy; free flowering.

A French variety with nice foliage used for cut flower production in the north of France.  Grace Zambra considered this variety grew better in thin woodlands as opposed to the garden, so it may be of use around shrubberies and in wilder areas within a garden.

Lilac Glow – Dr Judith McLeod, Honeysuckle Cottage Nursery, NSW. Australia.

Medium sized lilac flowers that carry a good perfume.

Lilas - Introduced by Armand Millet, Bourg la Reine, France. 1880.

Rose-blue flowers and a very early flowering.

L'Inetuisable - See 'L'Inepuisable'.

L'Inepuisable - France. 1899

'Czar' x 'Quatre Saisons'.

Purplish blue flowers of a semi-perpetual habit.  Scented.  The colour tends to fade during the latter part of the season.  It blooms from August to May.

L'Inetuisable - See 'L'Inepuisable'.

Lise Lazare – Introduced by Giulio Fanin (Udine)  Italy.

Discovered in an Old Italian garden and named after Giulio’s grandmother.

Large blue flowers.

Little Papoose - U.S.A.

Greyish-rose flowers and scented.

Lizzie Moore's Princess of Wales - See 'Princesse de Galles'.

Lobelia -  J.J. Kettle, Corfe Mullen (Dorset) UK.  1928.

No description available.

Lockstedter – See, ‘Hamburger’.

London - Origins unknown, 1869.

The first violet grown specifically for the London cut-flower trade. Dwarf habit with small leaves and runners that become quickly intertwined.  Producing an abundance of blue flowers in early spring.

Lovliana - Origins unknown.

Reddish-purple flowers; scented.

Lόbecker – Germany; c 1890s.

No description available.

Luchon - See 'Luxonne'.

Lutea - See 'Sulphurea'

Luxonne - Armand Millet, Bourg la Reine, France. 1886. 

'Wilson' x 'Czar'.

One of the old perpetual violets.  Deep colour to the blooms, a free habit and very robust constitution even in cold weather.  The large flowers are dark-bluish purple, pointed in outline, and carried on long sturdy stems.  Hardy, resistant to pest and disease and producer of abundant flowers. This cultivar was originally called 'Grosse Wilson', but was named 'Luxonne' in the flower markets, and Millet could not change it back.

Luxonne Parymon & Bonnifoy - Origins unknown.

A seedling of 'Luxonne'; it is supposed to be a darker improvement. 

Lydia Groves - C.W. Groves and Son, Bridport, (Dorset) UK.  1989.

A sport from  ‘Coeur d'Alsace,’ named by Clive Groves in honour of his mother.  Lovely sugar pink flowers, which are streaked with rose in certain conditions, strongly scented with good-sized stems.  If this violet is happy, it is literally covered in blooms throughout the season.

Lydia's Legacy - C.W. Groves and Son, Bridport, (Dorset), UK.   1999.

Sport from 'Lydia Groves'.

Really bright cerise-pink flowers that sometimes have purple splashes on the petals.

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