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VIOLA ATROPURPUREA is a PERENNIAL-PLANT with SEMI-SUCCULENT, it has a color of olive brown to pale blue green. It’s LEAVES are arranged spirally in rosettes, and with reddish margins sometimes. ROSULATE VIOLAS, is the group where it belongs. This viola can grow up to 6 centimeters. SPRING TO EARLY SUMMER ARE THE PERFECT TIME FOR ITS FLOWER TO APPEAR AND FORM AS A RING AROUND OUTER EDGE OF THE ROSETTE. Blackish purple is its usual color, with a yellow throat and white hairs.

“ATROPURPUREA” is from the LATIN WORD “ATROX” WHICH MEANS “VERY OR FIERCELY” AND “PURPUREA”, WHICH MEANS “PURPLE”, which is the color of the flower.


VIOLA ATROPURPUREA

HABITAT

  • In Chile this species grows in the following environmental conditions,
    and also an extreme altitude well beyond the timber line.

WATERING CONDITIONS:

  • SOMEWHAT DRY AREAS where the drought may last 3 – 5 months. Precipitations of 400 – 800 mm are CONCENTRATED IN WINTER.

Take note that its LIGHT CONDITION must be in a FULL EXPOSED SUN.


VIOLA ATROPURPUREA

HOW TO GROW VIOLA ATROPURPUREA

  • WEEDS should be kept retained during the growth of viola. Weeds take part the plant’s water, space and nutrients so you have to supervise it always so that the plant will avoid those kinds of complication.
  • MULCHES help to keep the soil from its moisture and maintain soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always watch out for the mulches to go to the plant’s stem to prevent possible rot.
  • 1 inch of rain per week is what the plant needs during the growing season. Rain gauge needs to be used to check to see if you need to add water from the plant. Just a simple drip of water that goes down to the soil.
  • When plants are established, protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight must be required. Good air movement is also needed.
  • A light fertilizer must be applied after the new growth appears. Keep powdery fertilizers away from the plant crown and leaves to avoid complications. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may simulate root rots.
  • You must remove spent flower heads to keep plants from flowering.
  • Fall planted plants will bloom until there is a hard frost. They will reappear in spring and may die back in the heat of the following summer.

VIOLA ATROPURPUREA

GROWING TIPS IN VIOLA ATROPURPUREA

  • In midsummer, violas can be cut back as they get scrawny, which can restorative new growth and re-sprout when cool temperatures return in the fall.
  • Use violas anywhere you need an extra touch of color in spring-among other edging plants, with spring bulbs, in containers, and mixed beds and borders.
  • Flowers are consumable and can be put in salads or used to decorate plates.
  • Violas can be cut back in midsummer as they get scraggly, which encourages new growth and re-blooming when cool temperatures return in the fall.
  • Add violas to mixed plantings with low-growing perennials.
  • They are pretty ground covers, excellent under deciduous trees, and can be used alone or with other plants such as common periwinkle.
  • Use violas anywhere you need an extra touch of color in spring-among other edging plants, with spring bulbs, in containers, and mixed beds and borders.
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