I just love these freckled ones I found yesterday growing in my yard. I
will go out and see if I can find them again and mark around them so
they don't get mowed.
What do I do to propagate more or can I do it? Wait for them to make
seeds? I suppose I could google the answer, but wonder if any of you
have done anything like that. I don't want to risk transplanting them
and think there's just one plant of those. At the west, close to
neighbor's, and partly shaded side of the house, there are purple ones,
white ones, and these freckled ones, all just sprang up there naturally.
please.....i DO believe the question SHOULD BE: how do you keep indigenous
violets from propagating??
although, i must say i am grateful to them....if not for them, i'd have lawn
(blecccchhhh!!); now, instead, i have 3 different coloured indigenous
(native) violets and they're pretty and they smell wonderful; but best of
all: grasshopper, japanese beetle, and rose chafer larvae do NOT overwinter
by eating their roots as does happen with grass roots!
(hrm....i wonder if there's a group with that name?)
j/k, j/k....gee, can't you guys take a joke??
Oh, one of those :-) I look forward to seeing them in the spring.
Maybe they can become a nuisance. I went out and marked the speckled
ones, hoping I can collect some seeds and keeping them from getting
Yes :-). So that's what's been happening to my grass. I had to buy a
bunch of seed yesterday :-). Won't ask how you grow that on a dry and
dusty terrace. I'll figure something out. Sure don't want to put
burlap out with stakes in it to hold in place though.
That was cute!
I like the as well and encourage them wherever i find them,
transplating them to where i'd like them the most.
Personally, if I were you, I'd dig up a few of the specked and whites
ones and mail them to me... I mean put them in a pot to give them the
best conditions they can. Once they fill the pot, scatter them around
the yard. It might be that the speckled ones are a hybrid of the
purple and white varieties, in which case vegetative division is your
most certain option. I don't know if the rhizomes can be cut to split
We've been converting the entire front yard to a flower bed... if the
violets can work with the sedum to make a natural groundcover, i'd be
happy. (but then, I hate grass. ;) (we just bought 33 6packs of
violets at $.60 each... woo hoo! course, now I have to plant them.)
We only have purple ones, though... I'm only half kidding about
mailing the colors other than purple. ;)
(I'd send postage and such via paypal of course...)
ooo.. the confererate
violet is pretty:
I think I will try that because I tried to find a little info on the net
and gathering the seeds at the right time and preserving them correctly
until fall might be tricky. I didn't find anything about rhizomes, but
I'll be doing well to get my neighbor some of those lily of the valley
ones in the fall that are growing in the crack of my sidewalk. I wish
one of those would mutate into something interesting. And I've got a
Queen Elizabeth rose from years ago that died back to the rootstock and
puts out those dark red blooms. The thing has gone absolutely nuts; if
I don't tack it to a trellis or the house, it will be up to the roof by
These I can't remember if I've seen in seed catalogs. I'm sure they
aren't that unusual, but I've found five plants out there and want to
preserve them, if possible. I've let some unusual mutants slip through
my fingers, one was a viola that was pale yellow with a pale blue
border. Another was a totally weird dandelion. Can't think what plant
to compare it to and don't care for dandelions, but it might have cured
something. It had a short stem, compact leaves, was long and thick in
one flower if you can call it that.
I just got a notice from paypal thanking me for my order for a computer
to the tune of $1175 USD, to be shipped to some guy in Palm Bay, Florida
with an unconfirmed address (better not name him or give the street
address). Problem is I cancelled my paypal account several months back
for this very reason. I tried to log in and was blocked, so I don't
know what is with that, reported it, an exercise in futility, and will
check my charge card and bank account to make sure somebody hasn't
stolen my id.
I also asked paypal for my password and haven't heard back.
Oh, and thanks for the idea to pot them.
produce two different types of flowers: chasmogamous and
cleistogamous. Chasmogamous flowers are borne on long stalks and range in
color from light blue to deep purple. These flowers are the familiar, showy
flowers normally associated with violets, however, in some species they are
sterile and do not produce viable seed. The second type, cleistogamous
flowers, do produce viable seed but are self-fertilized without opening.
These flowers have no petals and are not showy. They are held underneath
the foliage and sometimes slightly beneath the top layers of soil or mulch.
Homeowners, who often wonder why their wild violet problem keeps getting
worse when they never see any flowers producing seed, seldom notice
Established colonies of wild violets are very drought tolerant, due to
fleshy underground stems called rhizomes that store water and allow the
plants to survive dry conditions. The rhizomes also allow the plants to
spread, forming colonies. These extensive perennial root systems are one
reason the weeds can be so difficult to control.
Lots of big words in that one, but very informative. I have no desire
to control them as I like them. I'll keep that in mind because the
dandelions are so bad I can't dig them all out so was going to have the
Chem lawn people spray a couple of times. I don't want them to kill any
of my violets though. That could be a problem. Luckily most of them
are on a narrow side of the house which we can just leave alone with the
Thanks for all that good info. I'm not real confident in my ability to
pot the freckled ones and get them to propagate. It's hard to decide
whether to leave them where they are, try to pot them, or move them all
together so they'll be more likely to form a colony of just that
So they do have rhizomes like lily of the valley. That is good to know.
They spread out faster though in pockets all over the yard so some of it
must be from seed. Lily of the valley doesn't do that.