Viola tectiflora W.Becker
Viola tectiflora is a small, stemless annual plant that belongs to the group of Rosulate Violas. It forms rosettes, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, of semi-succulent, usually purplish-brown leaves with hairy scalloped edges. The leaves change color to blend in with their backgrounds. Flowers are white tinged with pink and appear from spring to early summer.
The specific epithet "tectiflora" derives from the Latin words "tecti," meaning "cover" and "flora," meaning "flowers," and refers to the flowers and fruits covered by overlapping leaves.
How to Grow and Care
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 tectiflora can tolerate 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.
Toxicity: Violas are nontoxic for humans and pets. Both the flowers and leaves are edible fresh, cooked, or dried.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Rosulate Violas.
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