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PlantFiles: Ivy Leaved Violet, Australian Violet, Trailing Violet
Viola hederacea 'Blue Form'

Family: Violaceae (vy-oh-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viola (vy-OH-la) (Info)
Species: hederacea (hed-er-AYE-see-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Form

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BennysPlace On Mar 11, 2009, BennysPlace from Beverly Hills, CA wrote:

This plant is not to be confused with the violet currently in cultivation. V. Banksii has been called V. Hederacea for decades. V. Banksii is the plant that has been cultivated and distributed whereas V. Hederacea is rarely available.

There are even more violets that are similar to these cultivars with only slight nuances such as flower shape, color and leaf shape and color. V. Hederacea is VERY similar to V. Banksii. The leaves are kidney shaped in both plants but the flower for V. Hederacea has slightly washed out coloring and the leaves are much darker.

Both cultivars perform best in a warm climate in shade, deep shade or when receiving morning sun only.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona
Jacksonville, Florida
Tampa, Florida
Houston, Texas
Spring, Texas

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