NATURE OF THIS PARTICULAR PLANT
Primeros Pinos, Northern Patagonia, Argentina. It has an altitude range that is around 1600 metres above sea level.H This particular plant, which is VIOLA TROCHLEARIS grows in a drought steppe and sand dunes with ARAUCARIA ARAUCANA. This species is well adjusted to mingle in with the sand and rocky ground where it grows between the grassy tussocks, together with some of its close relatives. The appearance of this plant, specially the color its leaves and of the sand is very comparable, and it seems that this could be an adaptation to herbivores.
VIOLA VOLCANICA is a group which is VIOLA TROCHLEARIS belongs to. It has a leaves with an amazingly textured. The leaf margins are entire the plant, with the flowers that have pink veins. It is a perennial which lives for a few years and can be flowered in cultivation. The flowers are preferably small, so this really is basically a foliage plant as far as a gardener’s eye is concerned. This flower is a dome shaped, most of the time larger than the other volcanica violas, and it is up to 80 mm diameter.It is a soft, semi-succulent, has a color of sand and barely textured. This plant also have a narrow hair around the margins, that probably help reduce transpiration by slowing down the movement of air that surrounds the plant. This is a very necessary adaption to its windy environment.The flower has a color of white to sand colored with an amazingly mottled purple center fading to the petal edges and a yellow throat leading from the lower petal.
HOW TO GROW VIOLA TROCHLEARIS
- Keep on eye about the weeds from coming near to the plant, you must avoid this kind of situations because all the water, space, and nutrients that are for plants are tend to come from weeds. So control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
- Soil moisture must be maintained, even soil temperatures so, make sure to apply enough mulches and at the right place from the plant. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
- During the growing season, the plant needs at least 1 inch of rain per week. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It’s best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to lessen disease problems. Keep the soil wett-ish but not soaked.
- When plants are already established, having some protection from strong winds and straight, hot sunlight may be essential. Good air movement is also important.
- After new growth appears, a light fertilizer can be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
- Remove fall out flower heads to keep plants flowering.
- Supervise for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
- Fall planted plants will bloom until there is a hard frost. They will reappear in spring and may die back in the heat of the following summer.
GROWING TIPS YOU CAN DO IN VIOLA TROCHLEARIS
+ Violas can be cut back in midsummer as they get thin, which urges new growth and re-blooming when cool temperatures comes back in the fall.
+ Add violas to mixed plantings low-growing perennials
+ They are pretty ground covers, excellent under deciduous trees, and can be used alone or with other plants such as common periwinkle.
+ Use violas anywhere you need an extra touch of color in spring among other edging plants, with spring bulbs, in containers, and mixed beds and borders.
+ Flowers are digestible and can be used to salads or to design plates.