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Bring dark beauty to your gardens and containers. The compact plants are bedazzled with 3/4" flowers of the deepest purple, so dark they appear black. Violas love the cool weather of spring and fall, making them ideal for spring bulb cover, and for fall color after annuals are spent. In mild climates, they cheerfully bloom through the winter. Reseeds. Perennial in USDA zones 6-9. Deer resistant.
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Variety Info

Family: Violaceae

Native: Southwestern Europe

Hardiness: Frost-tolerant perennial in USDA zones 6-9; often grown as an annual. Reseeds readily.

Exposure: Full sun to part shade. Too much shade causes plants to stretch. Afternoon shade is beneficial in hot climates.

Plant Dimensions: 8" tall; 5" wide

Variety Info: 3/4" blooms in the deepest shade of purple that appears black.

Sowing Info

When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. Cold Climates: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date, or midsummer for fall and the following spring bloom. Mild Climates: Late summer for cool-season blooms.

When to Start Inside: 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date for early spring planting, and midsummer for fall planting in both mild and cold climates.

Days to Emerge: 7-20 days

Seed Depth: 1/8"

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 4"-6"

Thinning: When 1/2"-1" tall, thin to 1 every 4"-6"

Growing Info

Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest flowers in the morning, choosing stems where flower buds have just begun to open. Change vase water frequently.

Special Care: If grown under optimum conditions, and regular attention given to proper deadheading and pruning, violas will last year after year. Pinch off faded flowers to the bottom of their stems to encourage more blooms and prevent reseeding. In all climates, when the weather warms up in summer, plants tend to get ragged, stretched out, and slow to bloom. Trim back the flower stalks to promote new foliage and encourage fall bloom.