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