Native plant of the month – Viola banksii

                                 

Viola banksii –  NATIVE VIOLET

Viola (vee-OH-lah) latin for violet banksii (BANK-see-eye) named after Joseph Banks

Viola banksia is an attractive fast growing groundcover that often forms dense mats. They have kidney shaped light green leaves & delicate purple and white edible flowers throughout the year. In the wild, Viola banksia can be found in moist or wet shaded soils in Melaleauca swamps, wet Eucalypt forests or along creek and river banks.

Native violet looks great in rockeries, pots or hanging pots, vertical gardens & along garden edges, remembering that they prefer moist dappled light to shady positions. Use the flowers to decorate your favourite salads, cupcakes and desserts.

Information and photo provided by Coolum Community Native Nursery

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