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Boea hygroscopica (Rock Violet)

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How to plant. Learn how to plant correctly. Planting correctly will not only get your garden off to a flying start, but it will also ensure that your plants's root systems develop as healthily as possible, maximising their long-term stability.

Native Annuals and Perennials. Australian annual and perennial plants can be used to create excitement in your garden as they are quick growing, usually very floriferous and because they are relatively temporary they can be replaced on a regular basis to add something new each year.

Native grasses and friends. An exciting thing is happening in the world of Australian plants. Wild species that have tantalised gardeners in the past are now being improved to create a diverse palette of new varieties that offer all kinds of advantages. In particular, the necessity for water-wise, low maintenance gardens has inspired interest in plants that can be used as ground covers that will not only suppress weeds and erosion but also look fantastic.

Ground covers.

Plant description

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This is Australia's answer to the African Violet to which it is closely related. It has the amazing characteristic that the leaves can dry down to a crunchy texture yet recover fully when watered again. Its textured leaves are an attractive feature alonng with the simple purple flowers that make it a beautiful indoor potted plant. The only maintenance required is the removal of any dead or dying flowers and foliage. Grow it as you would an African Violet.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: purple
Flowering season: spring summer autumn winter

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.15 metres
Minimum height: 0.1 metres

Maximum width: 0.15 metres
Minimum width: 0.1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

Will tolerate partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Bees.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: well-drained.

Clay: not suitable.

Sand: well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: General purpose.

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