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PlantFiles: Pansy
Viola 'Blackcurrant Sundae'

Family: Violaceae (vy-oh-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viola (vy-OH-la) (Info)
Cultivar: Blackcurrant Sundae


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black
Maroon (Purple-Brown)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for drying and preserving
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
By simple layering

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BlackEarthSquid On Jun 27, 2012, BlackEarthSquid from Black Earth, WI wrote:

Purchased a 3 pack at the local hardware store and plopped them in my containers on the patio, here in Zone 5a. I didn't know what to expect but they thrive in full sun and I would expect them to thrive in partial sun, as the old-style planter attached to my house gets a lot more shade. They are fluffy and blooming in both. Pretty mix of colors and lots of bang for your buck. They seem heat resistant as they have been suffering the 90+ summer heat wave with no ill effects.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Black Earth, Wisconsin

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