Viola, Bowles Black

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85 days. A charming antique black pansy popularized by E.A. Bowles, a prominent horticulturist of the late 19th and early 20th century. Bowles wrote of this deep purple to inky black pansy in his book My Garden in Spring, where he described it as “... a very charming little weed, sowing itself freely, and when in full bloom it has a wonderfully friendly and cheerful look in the yellow Cyclopean eye in the middle of its almost black face.” He noted that a friend, Dr. Lowe (a member of the Royal Horticultural Society) had given him seeds for the lovely pansy and after growing it on display at his gardens, visitors began to call the variety “Bowles Black.” Plants stand 6 inches tall and are great for beds, borders, pots, and baskets, or grow them as Bowles did… in the rock garden.

    • Full Sun
    • Sprouts in 4-7 Days
    • Ideal Temperature: 62-68 Degrees F
    • Seed Depth: Surface Sow
    • Plant Spacing: 6-9"
    • Frost Hardy: Yes
    • Viola cornuta

Growing Tips: Start seeds indoors in very early spring (or late summer for fall blooms). Grow in full sun to partial shade. Likes cool, moist, woodsy soil, cool to cold temps. Occasionally self-sows.

Availability: In stock
Minimum Seed Count: 30
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