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Viola labradorica 'Labrador Violet'

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Viola labradorica 'Labrador Violet'

Viola labradorica 'Labrador Violet'

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For most of us, violas aren't really an option as a ground cover. But gardeners in cooler climates can put these violets to more use than just spring and fall container plants. The dark, almost black leaves of the Labrador Violet are the perfect foil for the lilac-purple flowers that can bloom for months, if the temperatures don't climb. Violets appreciate a rich, moist soil and shade, in the heat of summer. They don't spread quickly, but they will self-seed. They are not what you'd traditionally think of as a ground cover, but given the right conditions, they are charming. Viola labradorica 'Labrador Violet' was recently reclassified as Viola riviniana Purpurea.

  • Height: 3 - 6"
  • Spread: 6 - 8"
  • USDA Zones: 2 - 10
  • Initial Spacing: 6"
  • Exposure: Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Flower Color: Blue
  • Foot Traffic: Suitable for occasional daily foot traffic.
  • Drought Tolerant: No
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Scented: No
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