I replaced Baby Tears with Australian Violet in a shady area near our entry. The result is a lush 3-in.-tall sea of dark green foliage with the added interest of lovely blue-purple flowers. It spreads quickly but is a snap to pull up if it invades adjoining areas. Today I'm adding it to a couple more areas to create a theme in my small garden. The big bonus is that it's poisonous to snails.
On Dec 11, 2005, CastIronPlant22 from Lompoc, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:
Yes this plant can be very invasive, but at the same time, it always looks great. The flowers are nice, and the snails really don't touch it. I have found that if it's watered a lot, it seems to spread and get more bushy. With little water it seems to just not do anything. It has grown in between some of my plants, but it hasn't harmed them.
I have had this in the ground as a ground cover for 3 years. The cold winters here seem to hurt it a little, but it comes right back in spring. It's a good choice for a shade garden or path that needs that extra texture and color. If you water it everyday, it will cover an entire area really quickly, but I still love it.
On Jul 4, 2005, StarGazey26 from (Zone 10a) wrote:
I love this plant! I have had it for about three years, and it spreads really fast. I love it. It tends to like water, so I usually water it once a day. I think that's why it spreads sooo much. It is very pretty when in bloom. I never fertilize it, and yet it still does great. I really like it a lot, and I know it will spread over my whole garden soon!
On Jul 4, 2005, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
Beautiful plant and flower, but it is growing crazy on me! It really works itself in and out of other plants. I'm going to have to wait until winter when other plants die back so I can concentrate on doing a major pull up of this one. Mine grows in part shade near a water faucet, and I think that has a lot to do with its vigor.
Much better suited for container growing, IMO
edited to change rating to NEUTRAL. It is easy to remove and flowers are pretty.
On Jul 9, 2004, pokerboy from Canberra Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:
This plant is great for dryish (not dry) to moist areas of the garden. It can become invasive but is easily removed. The flowers of this plant may have a slight fragrance. Good in a partly-shaded position. pokerboy.
On Feb 14, 2004, deekayn from Tweed Coast Australia wrote:
The sweet purple and white flowers make lovely little garnishes on salads, pastas, cheese boards and fruit salads etc. I have coated them with beaten egg whites and then dipped into fine sugar as a cake decoration that is edible.
On Nov 10, 2003, dogbane from New Orleans, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:
This violet has proven to be a good ground cover for a dryish, mostly shaded part of my garden. I often plant annuals like snapdragons toward the back of the mass to give some cool season color, but the violet seems to bloom almost constantly for me. The blooms are never a large mass, just subtle perks; the foliage is a nice evergreen touch.
Syn Erpetion hederaceum, E. reniforme, V. reniforme
Vigorous and rapid spreader (via stolons) from Australia and a great ground cover in warm climates. Dark green, 1½ inch kidney or ovate shaped leaves which can be entire (smooth edged) to coarsely toothed, often has scalloped edges.
Bears 1 inch flattened flowers with a very short spur. Can be white, cream, pale to dark violet or white with royal purple blotches. Sometimes scented. Doesn't like winter wet and not fully hardy. Dig up a small portion of it to overwinter in a partially shaded alpine/green house. It grows so rapidly, you don't need too much of it at the start of the year, so give it space.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
Mobile, Alabama Scottsdale, Arizona Little Rock, Arkansas Country Club, California Del Mar, California Livermore, California Lompoc, California Solvang, California Clearwater, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Lake Belvedere Estates, Florida Merritt Island, Florida Navarre, Florida Pembroke Pines, Florida Pine Ridge, Florida Ruskin, Florida Chicago, Illinois Baton Rouge, Louisiana Belle Chasse, Louisiana New Iberia, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana Gulfport, Mississippi Raleigh, North Carolina Greenville, South Carolina Saint Helena Island, South Carolina Beaumont, Texas Bulverde, Texas Greatwood, Texas Houston, Texas (2 reports) New Braunfels, Texas Richmond, Texas