I had this rather horrible looking small pot tucked away in the back of the cupboard, and thought … I know! One of the wild Violets growing in the stones within my display house. These spread for a pastime and I believe this started as a small piece given to me many years ago by my good friend Geoff Matthews; who in turn I seem to recall was given some by Dan B … or so I seem to remember.
Anyhow I believe it is (Viola riviniana ‘Purpurea’) which is commonly grown in gardens, shingle, gravel etc (usually misidentified as the Labrador Violet (Viola labradorica) It does spread for a pastime and I am forever giving it away. It makes a superb addition to a multi planted accent. The flowers are tiny and reasonably insignificant; the leaf however is wonderful.
So, out of the ground and into the pot a couple of weeks ago and it is growing beautifully now.