violet groundcover identification

magerkJuly 14, 2014

on a garden tour, I noticed a ground cover the homeowner identified as a type of violet ground cover. The leaf is quite interesting and I am wondering about the actual plant name.

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Patterning and shape of the leaves looks more like a cyclamen. Can't think of any in the violet family with that sort of markings.

Here is a link that might be useful: cyclamen foliage

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 5:39PM
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I agree the leaves look like cyclamen, but I am not aware that cyclamen can be winter hardy perennial in Minnesota! That is why I am so interested in identifying this plant. The home owner received a start of this from a friend who identified it as a violet, and she planted it in a shady walk area where it is spreading nicely between stepping stones and moving into flower beds in the area.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2014 at 8:14PM
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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

It is a sort of Japanese Species of Violet. Name escapes me. Am unsure if I can tell Nursery names in these posts, but Lazy S's Nursery might be listing and describing it, this year.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 1:07AM
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There are many cyclamen varieties that are cold-hardy, (unlike the Florist Cycalmen that most are familiar with). They grow from tubers and die back in the winter.

I believe the plant pictured is a Cyclamen not a violet.


    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 1:15AM
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bogturtle, I think you are correct :-)) It IS a violet, Viola grypoceras var. exilis, aka cyclamen-leaved violet.

And yes, hardy cyclamen will grow in MN - good to zone 4.

Here is a link that might be useful: cyclamen leafed violet

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 5:06PM
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Thank you! The link provided matches. The plant is also known as a Korean violet. I googled Korean violet and the botanical name matches the one you provided.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2014 at 9:21PM
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