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lovevioletsFebruary 18, 2010

My friend purchased a violet at Lowe's as a Valentines Day gift. She knows I love violets and have a special place in my heart for the Noids. I know that finding the true name is almost impossible and doesn't bother me as I usually give them a name. I know it is an Optimara, it has two different colored leaves and blooms. One bloom is white trimmed in purple and the other is solid purple. Very unique, if I can find out how to upload a pic here will do so.


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HI Wilma,
It sounds to me like the plant is already sporting or reverting back to one of its ancestors. If you have a tag on the plant that gives you any info you can go to and maybe find the name.
Fred in NJ

    Bookmark   February 18, 2010 at 9:50PM
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Thanks Fred. The label only says Premium Collectors and does give the Optimarma web site. It is a lovely violet. Part of the plant has solid green leaves and the other half has red underside and stems show red. I did go to their web site but did not see any that came close. I am puzzled by the two different leaves and stems.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2010 at 3:23PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Wilma -

The proper named variety will be white trimmed in purple - with green back leaves, the part of the plant is sporting to a more primitive color - it will be purple with leaves with red backs.

It is sporting - exactly as Fred explained - and the changes are on all tissues of the plant - flowers and leaves and stem.

Eventually the whole plant will turn purple. If you want to preserve the bicolor one - take the leaf directly under the bicolor bloom - and put it down for babies. If you never did it before - look at the multiple sites where it is explained -, our questions and replies - and if you have more questions we will be glad to help.

But the main thing- if you want to preserve your bicolor plant - you need to do it now.

I had it happened to my Optimara Cora. It is bicolor purple and white - and it is not "trimmed" - it is more of a thumbprint pattern.

Good Luck


    Bookmark   March 1, 2010 at 2:26PM
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Irina, thank you for this advice I will set leaves tomorrow.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2010 at 11:59PM
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