This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V26", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Under this name they have a violet in England which is thus described by the Journal of Horticulture:
"New York is freer in growth than Maria Louise. The plant forms a more compact tuft, does not form runners to any great extent, and has the defect of forming abortive crowns, which, however, is reduced to a minimum by putting in fresh suckers each spring or small rooted runners. The foliage is darker - a deep green with a bronzy tint in the center, and is more leathery and persistent than any of the Neapolitans. The flowers are borne on stalks five to six inches long, stout, but not so stout as to support the flower, which from its weight becomes prostrate, hence I presume the name of pendula. They are large, in good examples over one and a half inches across, dark slate in color with a purple tinge, and the center petals tinged and splashed with red, the base of the petals having a little white, but not nearly so much as in Marie Louise. It commences flowering early in September, and blooms through the winter in favorable weather, being at its best from late September to December, and in February onwards.