Wild Violets Care – How To Grow Wild Violet Plants
What are Wild Violets?
Violet flowers belong to the genus Viola. They are native to Europe and Asia. The species name means “wild violet”. There are several other names for them:
Asteraceae (flower family) – includes such plants as daisies, marigolds, lilies, honeysuckles, milkweed and many others.
Carniolanaceae (flower family) – includes such plants as daisy, dogwood, hollyhock and many others.
The most common wild violet is Viola odorata or violet loquat. Its scientific name is Viola odorata var.
odoratum and it grows in the western United States from California to Mexico. It’s native range extends over much of North America except Alaska and Canada. The plant was introduced into Hawaii and Australia. It’s not known how it got there but it probably drifted across the Pacific Ocean from Europe.
How Do You Grow Wild Violets?
There are two ways to grow wild violets: indoor or outdoor. Outdoor growing is usually preferred because they don’t need protection from harsh weather conditions like indoors grown ones do. However, both methods work equally well for growing wild violets.
If you want to grow wild violets outdoors then pick a location that has partial shade. If you don’t live in an area with partial shade then grow them in the shade of conifers or hardwood trees.
Otherwise, your wild violets will burn up in the hot sun. Keep in mind that if you live in a hot climate then grow your violets in an area receives shade most of the day.
When growing wild violets outdoors, dig a hole big enough to fit the violet roots. The depth of the hole should be about twice as long as the root ball.
After you’ve placed the violet in the ground, pack the soil around its root zone lightly but firmly. Water it well after planting and place a two-inch layer of mulch on top of the soil.
Sources & references used in this article:
African violets by JR Culbert, D Hickman – Circular; 942, 1966 – ideals.illinois.edu
An Herbalist’s Guide to Growing & Using Violets by E Wigginton – 1972 – Anchor Press
Common Dog-violet, Viola riviniana: Spring herbage by GY Gao, JF Boggs, PJ Bennett… – … Plants …, 1997 – Ohio State University, Ohio …