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Viola hederacea

Viola hederacea

Common name Australian violet
Family violaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers purple/white
Size 2-4"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes prefers moist soil

Sweet white-tipped purple flowers held over a bed of light green multi-angled leaves, roughly kidney-shaped overall. The low-growing mat expands by underground runners. Top growth is frost-tender, but returns from roots in spring where temperatures don't dip below 20F. It's not fond of blazing sun, so we may have to relocate our plant from the back border where it will receive sun most of the day.

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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