Native Violet in our garden
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|This Native Violet [Viola banksii; previously thought to be V. hederacea] occupies all shade places in our garden. Native Violet is living with us and giving us an excellent example of simplicity and charm. A real size of its flower head is about 1 cm across but it is so unusual having many interesting features, for instance, these small 'brushes'... Always when I am looking on this flower, I am remembering starchy nun's headgears... it is a real alive association, isn't it!?|
To learn more about this Australian endemic plant go to Wikipedia and also read a recent study of Thiele & Prober "Shrinking Violets" in Australian Plants 22: 259–266 (2004).
Thiele, Kevin [[email protected]]
There's no doubt that your violet is Viola banksii - immediately recognizable from your excellent photo. This is a common species along the east coast of Australia, from southern New South Wales to the south-east corner of Queensland. It was first collected in 1770 by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander when they collected plants from Botany Bay (the site of current Sydney) on the Cook expedition. It's for this reason that I named it V. banksii. It still grows at Cook's landing place at Kurnell in Botany Bay.
The plant has been widely cultivated in Australia for many years, and has found its way via the nursery trade into many overseas collections and botanical gardens. I was in Paris recently and it was the only Australian plant being grown in the Jardin de Plantes there. It also grows well in Kew Gardens in London.
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Thanks for clearing up the uncertany over this beautiful Violet, love the colour and shape of it . TFS yours Robert
(Previous critque before ajustment of note)"are you saying this is a wild flowergrowing in your garden or a flower you grow all around your garden. I ask because an image of this flower was requested to be removed because it was thought to be a cultivated hybrid viola of which there are several hundred hybrids in cultivation.
If you have any questions please feelfree to ask, yours Robert
Ps this is a much better veiw of the flower than the removed one."