This is a stunning variety for the enthusiast! They get the name dog tooth violet because their tubers are like giant dog teeth!
Each bulb produces flower stems with multiple purple reflexed star flowers. Fleshy leaves with a heavy mottled pattern to them, would prefer a slightly sheltered spot so they don't spoil in the wind. They clump form and produce a mass of flowers in early Spring March - April. Most people would say these are a woodland plant, but semi-shade location, or half sun-half shade during the day; a location where there is some moisture but free draining. Under deciduous shrubs is ideal to keep the sun off them in the summer months, but allows plenty of light through the Winter and Spring to enjoy them!
Plant these tubers pointy way up, Purple King tubers tend to be much smaller then the common Erythronium Pagoda. Always plant on arrival these do not like to dry out, or plant in a pot until your ready to plant in the border.
Height approx 20cm