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Viola 'Molly Sanderson' - S1
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Viola 'Molly Sanderson'

Viola hyb.
A passalong plant that traveled from southern England to Molly's garden in Northern Ireland, this satiny viola has since made its way to the US and into our hearts! Coal black little pansy faces have a bright gold eye and bloom spring to early summer, with a repeat performance in the fall, especially if sheared gently and fertilized with flower fertilizer. Stunning combined with the lime green foliage of feverfew' Aureum'.
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Pot: 3.5" h x 2.63" w (9.5 fl oz)
Lifecycle
Annual; tender perennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
7,
8,
9
Annual Hardiness
Hardy Annual
Mature Size
6" h x 6-12" w
Sun
Full sun to partial shade
Soil
Rich, moist, well-drained
Season
Spring and fall
Color
Coal black with a touch of purple near the yellow centers
Features
Great for containers
Great Cut Flower
Attracts Butterflies
Notable
RHS Award of Garden Merit Winner
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
In spring, when light frost is still possible, 3 weeks before the last frost date.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
A small delight, violas bloom during the first balmy days of spring, just when gardeners are getting down to planting. Many have expressive faces and whiskers of dark tracery across the velvet petals in almost every imaginable color and shade, others, like rare Molly Sanderson have glistening petals of coal black. They look great in containers, planted about the vegetable garden for their edible petals, or at the garden's edge. They dislike hot summer weather—during this time trim back and they will rebloom in fall.
Final Spacing:
8-12"
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
Keep fairly moist with about 1" of water per week, more during especially dry spells. Do not overwater.
Soil pH:
Acidic to neutral
Fertilizer:
Mix in a couple of inches of compost or peat moss prior to planting. Fertilize with an organic formulation in spring and again in late summer, when fall-blooming buds form.
Diseases & Pests:
Leaf spots and slugs are possible problems. Treat foliage with an organic fungicide and scatter pelletized iron phosphate at the base of the plants to combat slugs.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest when flowers are nearly open.