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Viola volcanica


Scientific Name

Viola volcanica Gillies ex Hook. & Arn.


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

Scientific Classification

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


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

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USDA hardiness zones 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, provide partial shade. They tolerate a variety of soils. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that. Once your Violas 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 can be directly seeded into your garden or seeded indoors for transplanting later. For spring blooms, you need to start your Viola in pots and containers indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Violas.


Viola volcanica is endemic to Chile and Argentina.


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