Wildflowers forum: Wild violets from a friend ♥

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Name: Carole
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Apr 23, 2014 7:33 AM CST
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Apr 23, 2014 7:58 AM CST
Pretty. Good friend. Smiling
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 23, 2014 8:43 AM CST
nodding Some violets from Virginia. Thumbs up
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jmorth
Apr 23, 2014 11:45 PM CST
Violets staking claim in my garden; near invasive as they expand by very viable seed and i think maybe root systems; any speck left in the
ground regenerates a new plant.
they have some positive aspects too; if channeled properly they can establish assize colonies to cover difficult fringe area as a grown cover; the flowers are purportedly candy for adventuresome be-lovers of sugared blooms, they're pleasant to see, and harbingers of good spring fast approaching. There's a lot of wild violets in this area.
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Apr 24, 2014 7:59 AM CST
They look like they would be a pretty ground cover.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 24, 2014 8:07 AM CST
I think so. It seems people either love them or hate them. They do tend to spread everywhere by underground stolons/runners but they are easy to pull up.


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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Apr 24, 2014 8:28 AM CST
We have a lovely one too, Native Violet (Viola hederacea). Wonderful groundcover. Same complaints about it.

http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/factsheets/Flowering-Plants...
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 24, 2014 8:31 AM CST
Yes, very pretty. Mine are Viola papilionacea.

Wow, $4.30 for a pot, Glen. Are they not just about everywhere so they could be dug and transplanted?

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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Apr 24, 2014 8:57 AM CST
Tee, I usually buy my native plants from a wonderful Redland City establishment called Indigiscapes. It has a huge native plant sale once a month. No more than $2.50 a pot. It is an excellent local government initiative.

http://indigiscapes.redland.qld.gov.au/IndigiCentre/Pages/de...

But I just noticed that the Native Violet is supposed to be common on the island (after you mentioned the possibility). I will try and get some. My garden is a bit bare at the moment because I have had the yearly 'weed out the mint' attempt (sigh) and it would be good to get a ground cover going.
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SongofJoy
Apr 24, 2014 9:13 AM CST
Nice website, Glen. I do love native plant sales. Thumbs up
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Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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Apr 24, 2014 9:16 AM CST

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I love Violets too, I planted them as an edging on a new bed and the squirrels ate them all, they love that nice succulent heart.
By the way the leaves as well as the flowers are edible, very good in salads, but I guess the squirrels don't bother with bowls or dressing, they just enjoy" al naturel" Smiling
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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Apr 24, 2014 9:18 AM CST
Yes, all parts are very enjoyable. Apparently to both people and squirrels. Smiling
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purpleinopp
Apr 25, 2014 7:36 AM CST
Those are beautiful!

Violets (Viola) are the larval host plant for several fritillary butterfly caterpillars.
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
Apr 25, 2014 7:17 PM CST
Tiffany, isn't the world amazing. Our Australian native Arrowhead Violet Viola betonicifolia is host to a Laced Fritillary Butterfly.
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
May 3, 2014 4:46 AM CST
At the library plant sale today, I picked up about 10 pots of Native Violets Viola hederacea.



I also got two pots of Arrowhead Violet Viola betonicifolia.
Two bottom right pots. Not flowering.

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Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
May 3, 2014 5:23 AM CST
You have lots of interesting plants there. I also see a nice Bromeliad in the background. Green Grin!
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Name: Glen Ingram
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Gleni
May 3, 2014 5:48 AM CST
It has lovely zebra barring. Unfortunately, it is one of those from Bunnings: lovely coloured label that just says "Bromeliad."
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
May 3, 2014 5:50 AM CST
Don't you just hate it when that happens!! Glare
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