violacea: is a small spreading shrub that reaches a height of less
than one metre. Plants have an unusual flat top. The bark is papery and
sometimes corky. Branches are usually horizontal and layered. This gives
plants their flat-topped appearance.
ovate-cordate (between oval and heart-shaped) leaves are pale green to
grayish-green. Profuse violet or purple flowers appear from September to
December. They are carried in clusters at the base of the leaves.
violacea prefers sunny sites but is tolerant of some shade.
Australian native is an unusual shrub with its flat-topped growth habit. The
plants light up the garden and attract lots of attention during the flowering
violacea propagates readily from cuttings and is suitable for rockeries
and native cottage gardens. The species would also be at home in a Japanese
style garden because of its growth habit.
We have many
specimens scattered throughout the gardens at Yallaroo. Visitors often remark
on their growth habit and eye-catching flowers.