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 you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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