Back To Black Viola Plants

Like a timeless song sung by a sultry mezzo, Back to Black Violas keep the vibe deep and evocative. She is the darkest of dark purples, and as black as the come.

Don't under-estimate these stout, fluttery little friends. They are tough as old boots. Frost tolerant, heat tolerant, smell wonderful, and can even take a trampling. They are the go-to flower for when its too early or too late in the season for all other outdoor flowers, and we are their biggest fans.

Includes three young plants, grown in 2.5” diameter pots.

Plant Info
Botanical Name
Viola cornuta
6-12" when full grown
9" between plants
Full sun or part shade
Grows everywhere in the USA (perennial zones 4-9, annual in other zones)
Kids & Pets & Deer
Edible, and Deer Resistant
Cold hardy and heat tolerant
Prefers even moisture
Indoor & Pots
Grows well in containers outside
Growing Info
How to Plant Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. Fill a little bit of the loose dirt back into the hole and tuck your plant in so the base of the stem is even with the top of the hole. Now fill in the rest of the soil around the roots, give the soft ground around the base of your new plant friend a few solid pats to compress the soil onto the roots, and a long, gentle drink of water
Where to Plant Find a place in the sun or part shade, with well-draining soil
When to Plant Plant outside in the spring, after your last frost. Avoid the heat of the day when planting — plant in the early morning, late afternoon, or by the light of the moon
When to Expect Blooms Blooms from early spring through early winter. They may stop blooming to preserve energy during the hottest weeks of summer
Care Instructions Water regularly. Deadhead to encourage more blooms and for a tidier look
Extra Credit Petals are edible and delicious when candied
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  • I just received Back to black violas from you. What kind of pots can we plant them in? (We have all different sizes & shapes.) Or, if we put them in the ground, do they spread?

    Hi there! You can put them in either pots or the ground. We recommend 12" pots. Since these are smaller violas, you could do 3 per pot for a bushier look. Violas often drop seeds that allow them to pop up next year, but not to a degree that can be either counted on or considered invasive.

  • Hi, what soil would these require?

    Violas like their soil a bit on the acidic side. Compost and coffee are great ways to ammend soil to add this acidity.

  • Can this be grown as a vine

    Hi there- no violas won't vine, they like to stay close to the ground. We do have a cool firecracker vine if you are looking for a climber!