Viola hederacea Labill.

Ivy-leaved Violet

Stoloniferous perennial. Leaves in tufts, roundish to kidney-shaped, about 1.5-2.5 cm wide, base tapered to cordate; margin entire to round-toothed, mostly with a few extremely shallow teeth. Flowers mostly mauve and white; stalks to about 10 cm long with central bracteoles. Petals to 1cm long, lateral petals bearded; spring to summer.

SA, Qld, Vic, Tas

Extremely variable with several colour variants perpetuated in cultivation. Grows naturally in sheltered, moist places.

Source: McLeod, J. (1997). Violaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Viola hederacea 'Baby Blue'

Low-growing. Leaves ivy-like. Flowers pure sky-blue, prolific.

Viola hederacea 'Cloud'

A wild selection similar to 'Baby Blue' but with distinctive deep mauve flowers.

Viola hederacea 'Ice Carpet'

A small, low-growing wild selection with ivy-like leaves and prolific pure white single flowers.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malpighiales
family       Violaceae
genus        Viola L.