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Viola Labrador Violet


Viola labradorica
Labrador Violet
One of our best sellers! Beautiful green, blue and black leaves that change colors through the season. Small lilac flowers engulf plant for many months. Quite useful around trees, under shrubs, and in woodland settings. This plant will re-seed under the right conditions. Plant over flower bulbs for a sensational show in spring.

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Part Shade   Part Sun Foot Traffic:
Bloom Time : Early Spring, Mid Spring ,Late Spring ,Summer
Flower color : Blue
Foliage : Semi-Evergreen
Foliage Color : Light Green, Dark Green ,Black
Growth Rate : Moderate 6"-10" a year
Habit : Clumping
Irrigation : Hand Water,Auto
Plant Height : 1" - 4" (Fairly Low Grower with taller flower spike)
Planting Area Environment : Low Water (Dry area little to no water),Normal (Rainfall under normal condition),High (Constant damp area never dries out)
Seacrh Sun Exposure : Part Shade , Part Sun
Search Foot Traffic : Light,Moderate
Soil : Peaty ,Clay ,Sandy ,Gravel ,Normal
Spread : 12"
Zone: 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
This Plant Is Hardy Above: -50
Additional Features:
Heat Tolerant Yes
Pool Area Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Humid Area Yes
Kid Traffic No
Scented No
Dog Traffic Yes
Butterfly Friendly Yes
Attracts Bees No
Fire Resistant No
Erosion Control No
Attract Hummingbirds No
Attract Butterflies Yes
Attract Bees No
Deer Resistant Yes
Rabbit Resistant Yes
Additional Comment:
Viola labradorica is one of the few plants that seems to handle animal urine---to a certain degree. I have a maltese that loves to lift his leg on this plant constantly and it seems to withstand it pretty well. However, in this spot, the viola is planted in gravel and gets a daily dose of water due to the containers set around it---so keep that in mind.
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Tips from Fran
Viola labradorica is probably the hardiest plant we have in the line going down to zone 2. It is this marvelous clumping viola that reseeds and gives you tones of little freebies everywhere. I love the green/blue and black foliage colors, and then to watch it bloom stunning blue/purple flowers on top... it is just wild! It grows in low light, high light, wet shade, dry shade, in a pot, through a crack, under a tree and around your back-okay I got carried away but you get the picture. If this doesn't grow in your yard, nothing will!!!

* ~This can be used as a beautiful lawn substitute as long as it is used for ornamental purposes, not functional, like croquet.
* ~ I have seen this plant withstand neglected areas in nooks and crannies as well as lonely spots where no watering took place. Is that drought tolerant? I think it can certainly take some drought conditions. How much? Well, I think that is a variable the plant will have to decide.
* ~This plant can take paths, courtyards, patios and garden stairs with ease. However, it grows taller than many of our high foot traffic plants, so that should be something to look at as you are deciding.

-Fran White,
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