Viola hederacea

Common name: 

Ivy-leaf Violet

Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

Wannon, Grampians, Midlands, Victorian Volcanic Plain, Otway Plain, Otway Range, Eastern Highlands, Gippsland Plain, Gippsland Highlands, Wilsons Promontory, Snowfields, East Gippsland (CDEJKMNPRSTVWXYZ) also SA, NSW, Tas

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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Ground cover in tea-tree woodlands and open forests, shady places1

Flower description:

White or mauve with a purple interior1


Perennial herb to 6 cm high1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

Leaves are kidney shaped or semi-circular and arise from short, creeping stolons. Single flowers are borne on long, slender stalks and are held above the leaves. Viola hederacea can also be distinguished from V. sieberiana on the flower colour pattern- V. hederacea has mostly 2 coloured flowers (white and purple) whereas the flowers of V. sieberiana are usually a single colour. Flowers are not scented1,2

Image of Viola hederacea
Image of Viola hederacea
Image of Viola hederacea
Image of Viola hederacea Image: Freya Thomas
Conservation status:

Not threatened


1 Meagher, D. and Kohout, M. (2001). “A field guide to Wilsons Promontory”. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Vic.
2 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria