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Viola farkasiana

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Scientific Name

Viola farkasiana J.M.Watson & A.R.Flores

Scientific Classification

Family: Violaceae
Subfamily: Violoideae
Tribe: Violeae
Genus: Viola

Origin

This species is native to Chile (Biobío) and Argentina (Neuquén).

Description

Viola farkasiana is a perennial plant that forms small, usually solitary rosettes of reddish-brown (rarely green), semi-succulent leaves with crenate, translucent margins fringed with short hairs. The rosettes grow up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) tall and up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter. Flowers are white or lilac with a yellow base, speckled red if petals white, or black if lilac. They are up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) in diameter, appear in summer, forming a broken circle within the rosette's outer circumference.

The specific epithet "farkasiana" honors Leonardo Farkas (b. 1969), a Chilean businessman, philanthropist, and sometimes professional musical performer. Farkas is the Hungarian surname or a given name, meaning "wolf."

How to Grow and Care for Viola farkasiana

Rosulate Violas have a reputation for being difficult to keep alive. Cold conditions, soil that contains adequate amounts of nutrients, and as much light as possible, are essential.

Soil: They grow in relatively bare loose soils, which are often volcanic in origin.

Hardiness: Viola farkasiana can withstand temperatures as low as 0 to 50 °F (-17.8 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 7a to 11b.

Propagation: Rosulate Violas are grown only from seed and with some patience.

The main problem with these plants is etiolation, caused by a lack of light, which results in elongation of the compact rosettes. It is known that in any bunch of seedlings, some of them will quickly etiolate, while others may not. So there is some scope in selecting Rosulate Violas more likely to grow satisfactorily in cultivation.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Rosulate Violas.

Toxicity of Viola farkasiana

Violas are nontoxic for humans and pets. Both the flowers and leaves are edible fresh, cooked, or dried.

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