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International Cultivar Authority Registry Of The Genus Viola

Heirloom Single Flowered Violets

Weimar - Wren's Pink

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Weimar – Introduced by Otto von Mann, Leipzig, Germany. 1895.

Large white flowers, streaked with lilac.  This old variety can be seen growing on the ‘Ladies Terrace’ at Goethe’s restored home.

Wellsiana - Mr Wells, Fern Hill (Windsor) UK. 1884.

Large bluish-purple flowers, up to one inch across, with carmine tints, on stout erect stems.

R.H.S. Award of Merit 1993

White Czar - Origins unknown, 1880.

Greenish-white flowers, supposedly similar in colour to the Hybrid Tea Rose 'Message' (White Knight).

A seedling from the 'Czar' to which it has been reported to revert.

White Dove - Introduced by Edith Pawla, Capitola (California) U.S.A.  Date Unknown.

Large white flowers.  The petals are large and round, borne on stems up to 6 inches long.

White Imperial - See 'Imperial White'.

White Russian - See 'Russian'.

Willsiana – See 'Wellsiana'.

Windward - G. Zambra, Windward, Holcombe  (Devon) UK. C 1930s.

Named after the famous nursery of Grace and George Zambra, where it originated sometime in the 1930s.

A sport from 'Lianne.’  Rich rosy red flowers on long stems and a prolific grower with a lovely colour that does well under glass.

Sweetly scented.

Winter Gem - Origins unknown.

According to the 1907 catalogue of Wm Henry Maule, of Philadelphia, this was a new violet, which was conceded to be the best of all.  Very large single flowers of a rich dark purple, and with a fine perfume.  The blooms are produced on long sturdy stems.

This cultivar is very free flowering.

Wismar - Introduced by Susanne Peters.

A violet discovered in an old orchard in Wismar, with very light blue flowers tinted purple.

Wellsiana - Raised by a Mr Wells, who was gardener at Fern Hills, near Windsor and introduced in 1889 by Bruant of Poitiers in France.  An improved form of 'Czar Bleu', it is an extremely robust and sturdy plant, with rounded petals of deep violet, which has a metallic sheen.  The flowers are borne on stiff dark stems.

White Czar - England c.1870s

A seedling from the 'Czar'.

Pure white flowers showing a slight green tinge.

The flowers are free though not very compact; the petals thin and rather frail.  The leaves are long; mat leaves of a pale green.

This cultivar produces masses of runners sapping the plants’ vigour.

It is also been known to revert to the parent.

Wilson -  Named after Edward Wilson, who  is reputed to have found this violet growing on the walls of the citadel at Oran in Algeria.  He had a sample sent to him in London after his return, and dispatched it to his friend M. Ramel in Paris, who had it grown on and then introduced it into the Midi region around 1871.

Large pale violet flowers with long petals on long thin stems. 

This cultivar tends to be lighter in colour during the spring.


Wilson Extra - See 'Luxonne'.

Wilson Grosse -See 'Luxonne'.

Wren's Pink - J. Whitlesey, Oroville (California) USA.

A seedling selected from hundreds found growing on the nursery of John Whitlesey of California, which stood out from all the rest and was so attractive and delicate, John named it after his daughter Elicia Wren, whom it fits to perfection.  A soft shade of pink with a delicate perfume and neat habit.

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