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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Viola hederacea
synonym:   Viola hederacea subsp. hederacea
Common Name:ivy-leaf , ivy-leaved violet , native violet , wild violet
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Nature Strip, Cottage, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Flowers can be added fresh to salads.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Partial Shade, Shade
Moist, Well Drained
15 cm x 2 m
Foliage:Rosettes of dark green kidney-shaped to semicircular leaves 15-20 mm x 20-30 mm, dull greyish-green below; tip rounded, margin obscurely toothed.
Flowers:Perfumed White with pale violet centres. June-March. Single flowers on stalks 6-17 cm high. Lower petal wedge-shaped, 3 indistinct veins down the centre, crossed by branching side veins, tip usually notched, colours blurred. Side petals weakly twisted, beard over less than half width.
Prolific grower. Excellent ground cover for moist areas forming a dense mat. Useful in ferneries, as a ground cover in cottage gardens in containers & hanging baskets. Frogs use it as a habitat.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. Australian Plant Society (NSW)
  5. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  6. iNaturalist
  7. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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