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Viola pedata

Bird's foot violet

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Features

  • BloomsDecember
  • Height0.05m to 0.1m
  • Spread0.1m to 0.25m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourMulti-coloured

Description

Viola pedata (Bird's foot violet). It has a tufted habit with basal leaves which are divided into segments, with flowers which have 2 upper petals of dark violet, which will bloom in mid spring.

Characteristics

Annual or Perennial, Herbaceous

Origin

Eastern N. America

Interest and use

Grown for their distinctive flowers. Attracts butterflies

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium
  • Soil pH5.5 to 6.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy and should be grown in the sun or shade in well drained but moisture retentive soil; a few species prefer acid soil. They will appreciate shelter from the drying winds.

Propagation

Popagate by seed; the annuals sown according to flowering season. Usually the perennials and sub-shrubs are propagated by softwood cuttings in spring or they can be propagated by root division. Species may also be propagated by seed in spring or autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Protect from slugs and greenfly

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