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Trailing Violet

Viola hederacea

Also known as

Australian Violet, Ivy-Leaved Violet , Viooltjie (Afr.), Kidney-leaved white violet, Violet

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Trailing Violet Overview

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.

Common problems with Trailing Violet

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

Trailing Violet Companion Plants

Plant in the shade of trees with deep root systems.

How to harvest Trailing Violet

Flowers can be cut for the vase.

How to propagate Trailing Violet


Divide the runners in autumn. Look for pieces with roots attached.


Place a runner underneath a bit of soil or rock to exclude light and make new roots.


You can propagate from seeds in late winter or early spring.


Perennial species by division or from cuttings.

Special features of Trailing Violet

Attracts useful insects

Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Pot plant

Can be grown in containers or hanging baskets, keep potting mix moist.

Other uses of Trailing Violet

Grown for their distinctive flowers. Attracts butterflies


Grown as a ground cover in shaded areas.


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