Native Violet – Viola hederacea


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A pretty ground cover and lawn substitute for shady areas, with round leaves and purple and white flowers held above the foliage. It spreads by underground runners, and does best in moist open soil that has some organic matter, but will tolerate a wide range of situations, including under trees. Looks lovely next to paths and ponds. Propagation is simple, dig up a section of plant with roots attached and replant where you want them. It can be used for a lawn substitute if it doesn’t get much foot traffic and if it gets regular care. If it endures harsh conditions, it will tend to die back, but can resprout from the underground runners once conditions improve. Can tolerate some frost. The flowers can be used as garnish and in salads.

Family: Violaceae
Scientific Name: Viola hederacea
Common Name: Native Violet
Plant Type: Ground cover
Height: 0.1 ~ 0.2 metres
Width: 0.3 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour: White, Purple, Mauve
Flowering Time: All year
Ph Level: Acid, Neutral
Soil Type: Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment: Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden
Climate Zone: Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light: Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Lifespan: Perennial
Soil Moisture: Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method: Division
Frost Tolerance: Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage: Groundcover, Lawn alternative
Special Uses: Edible

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140mm, 200mm – In store purchase only, Tube Stock