Viola labradorica purpurea
Also known as Labrador Violet and Alpine Dog Violet, the distinctive dark coloured leaves are a useful contrast to other shade loving ground covers and provides a striking combination when paired with silver or lime green foliage plants. The pretty blue-purple violet flowers are lightly fragrant and both leaves and flowers are edible, often used in salads and infused for tea.
Prefers well drained, yet moist, position in full or part shade. Can cope with full sun in cooler regions. Violets can be used in baskets, containers or as an understory planting as they will form a compact dense ground cover with the right amount of shelter and water. Performs best if regularly fertilised. Deadhead to prolong flowering.