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Viola volcanica

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Scientific Name

Viola volcanica Gillies ex Hook. & Arn.

Synonyms

Viola vulcanica (misspelled), Viola volcanica var. volcanica, Viola exilis

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Viola volcanica is a small, stemless annual or short lived perennial plant, remarkable for its neat, dome shaped rosettes. The beautifully textured leaves are semi-succulent, with scalloped hairy margins, sand to ocher in color, often with violet tones. The flowers, barely emerging from the rosettes, are small, up to 7 inches (1.8 cm) in diameter, white with violet veins.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 7a to 11b: from 0 °F (−17.8 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Viola plants prefer cool to warm climates, and wilt a bit in mid-summer heat. In warmer areas, we recommend partial shade. They tolerate a variety of soils. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that. Once your Viola plants are established, they should grow well, even if left unattended. Soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Keep them well weeded. Remove spent blooms to promote additional blooms, and extend the blooming period. This will also keep the appearance neat and beautiful.

Violas are grown from seeds. They like full to partial sun. Viola can be directly seeded into your flower garden or seeded indoors for transplanting later. For spring blooms, you need to start your Viola in pots and containers indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Violas

Origin

Viola volcanica is endemic to Chile and Argentina.

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