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
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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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW

 

Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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