Saturday, August 3, 2013

Viola labradorica 'Purpurea'

 Viola labradorica 'Purpurea' syn Viola riviniana 'Purpurea Group'
Much confusion over this little violet as to what should be its correct name. Experts say it can't possibly be called species labradorica as that one is native to Greenland and probably barely makes a show except for a couple of months per year. The purple leaved form is popular as a groundcover as it is very hardy and freely spreading, perhaps a little bit too much so as it can become invasive in a garden given half the chance.The seed cases explode when ripe spreading seed far and wide.
The colour of the flower is more magenta than purple but is very pleasing and bright. It is scentless unfortunately.

The dark leaves are compact and neat

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