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Violas tend to have smaller flowers than closely related pansies, and are usually more tolerant of summer heat. Like pansies, violas are used in bedding displays, hanging baskets and patio containers, and work well when grown with spring-flowering bulbs. The flowers of many species are edible and may be eaten in salads.
Viola ‘Bowles Black’ bears velvet, almost black flowers with bright yellow eyes. It makes a good ground-cover plant and is well suited to growing in containers, hanging baskets and bedding displays at the front of the border.
For best results, grow Viola ‘Bowles Black’ in moist but well-drained soil in partial shade. Deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering, and divide clumps every autumn.
Cultivar: Bowles Black
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Black
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to take cuttings: July to August
Exquisite little, dainty flower. Had to believe that something which looks to fragile can be so hardy
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