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Trailing violet

Viola hederacea

Australian violet, Ivy-leaved violet (Eng.), Viooltjie (Afr.)

The Australian Violet is an excellent fast spreading, mat-forming, perennial groundcover for moist, shady areas. It can be planted next to rivers, ponds or dams and is good to stabilize the soil on banks.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Flowers can be cut for the vase.

Propagation

Division
Divide the runners in autumn. Look for pieces with roots attached.
Layering
Place a runner underneath a bit of soil or rock to exclude light and make new roots.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted to the flowers.
Pot plant
Can be grown in containers or hanging baskets, keep potting mix moist.

Geography

Origin
Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, South Australia
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Full Shade
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Ornamental
Grown as a ground cover in shaded areas.

Personality

Family
Violaceae
Flower colour
, White, Purples
Scent
Mild

Problems

Susceptible to slugs, snails, aphids, red spider mites, leaf spot, rust and powdery mildew

Companion plants

Plant in the shade of trees with deep root systems.

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