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Viola labradorica (Labrador violet)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.2m
Max height
0.2m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Viola labradorica

Other names

Labrador violet, Alpine violet, Alpine dog violet, American dog violet

Genus

Viola Viola

Species

V. labradorica - V. labradorica is a clump- or mat-forming, semi-evergreen perennial with kidney- to heart-shaped, finely toothed, purple-flushed, dark green leaves and spurred, light purple flowers in spring and summer.


Viola labradorica is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are sweetly scented from late winter to spring.

Habit

Mat Forming, Clump-forming

Flower

Purple in Spring; Purple in Summer

Foliage

Flushed purple, Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Slugs , Snails , Violet leaf midge Glasshouse red spider mite , Slugs , Snails , Violet leaf midge

Leaf spot , Powdery mildew Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering.

Propagation

Tends to self-seed freely.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Viola labradorica (Labrador violet) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Wildflower, Woodland, Beds and borders, Underplanting

Cultivation

Prefers moist but well-drained, acid to neutral soil in partial shade. Tolerates sun and chalky soil but becomes chlorotic in alkaline conditions. Spreads, sometimes aggressively, by creeping stems. Leaves and flowers are edible.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Viola labradorica

Other names

Labrador violet, Alpine violet, Alpine dog violet, American dog violet

Genus

Viola Viola

Species

V. labradorica - V. labradorica is a clump- or mat-forming, semi-evergreen perennial with kidney- to heart-shaped, finely toothed, purple-flushed, dark green leaves and spurred, light purple flowers in spring and summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers are sweetly scented from late winter to spring.

Habit

Mat Forming, Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Purple in Spring; Purple in Summer

Foliage

Flushed purple, Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse red spider mite , Slugs , Snails , Violet leaf midge

Specific diseases

Leaf spot , Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Deadhead to prolong flowering.

Propagation

Tends to self-seed freely.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Viola labradorica (Labrador violet) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Wildflower, Woodland, Beds and borders, Underplanting

Cultivation

Prefers moist but well-drained, acid to neutral soil in partial shade. Tolerates sun and chalky soil but becomes chlorotic in alkaline conditions. Spreads, sometimes aggressively, by creeping stems. Leaves and flowers are edible.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

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