Viola hederacea – Native Violet

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
Cultivar Name:
Plant Type : Ground cover
Width : 1
Flowering Time : All year
Soil Type : Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Growth Habit :
Soil Moisture : Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Edible
Scientific Name: Viola hederacea
Common Name : Native Violet
Height : 0.2
Flower Color : White, Purple, Mauve
pH Level : Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden
Light : Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
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