Viola cornuta " Back to Black"
Viola cornuta " Back to Black"
Viola cornuta " Back to Black"
Viola cornuta " Back to Black"
Viola cornuta " Back to Black"
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Viola cornuta " Back to Black"

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This listing refers to the sale of seeds. Each packet contains 100 seeds.

Viola cornuta, also known as Horned Violet, resembles the pansy but with a smaller flower. The Viola genus of flowering plants is in the violet family Violaceae. It is the largest genus in the family, containing between 525 and 600 species. Most species are found in the temperate Northern Hemisphere; however, some are also found in widely divergent areas such as Hawaii, Australasia, and the Andes.

Introduced in 2018, viola 'Back to Black' is truly black viola, ideal for container mixes. It displays showy, small, black-purple, flat-faced flowers with a golden yellow eye. Compact plants are vigorous growers.

A cottage garden flower if ever there was, the Viola differs from the Pansy in having smaller flowers on more compact plants and in being very free-flowering. On this latter point, they will start blooming in early spring and, if dead-headed regularly, will continue far into the autumn - indeed, one enthusiast writing as long ago as 1908 mentions picking flowers on Christmas Day. Exceptionally hardy and trouble-free.

Height at maturity: 20 cm
Spread at maturity: 15-20 cm
Light needs: Full sun to part shade
Hardiness: down to -20C°, fully hardy perennials in Zones 6-10 but can grow just fine in zones 3-11.
Type of soil: humusy, moist garden soil heavily amended with organic material
Soil pH: Slightly acidic soil; peat moss as a soil additive will help acidify garden soil.
Where to plant: Garden beds and containers, landscaping
Features: Attracts Bees and butterflies, very fragrant, winter interest, frost tolerant
Pruning: no
Pests and disease: Prone to fungal diseases
Best time to sow seeds: Autumn to Winter
Flowering period: Year-round
Common names: Horned Violet
Plant type: Cool-weather annual
Difficulty: Low Maintenance

STARTING YOUR SEEDS
Sow your seeds 3 mm deep and gently top with a later of vermiculite. Space them 15 cm apart. Germination generally takes 7 – 14 days.

See details and information on cutting and harvesting here: https://terracegardenfrance.com/blogs/caring-for-your-plants/growing-violas-a-guide-to-sowing-care-and-harvest