General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Sun Requirements: Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 2-6 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Lavender
Pink
Purple
White
Bi-Color
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Late spring or early summer
Edible Parts: Flowers
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Division
Pollinators: Various insects

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Common names
  • Common Blue Violet
  • Meadow Violet
  • Hooded Blue Violet
  • Florida Violet
  • Sister Violet
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Viola sororia
  • Synonym: Viola sororia var. sororia
  • Synonym: Viola floridana
  • Synonym: Viola latiuscula
  • Synonym: Viola palmata var. sororia
  • Synonym: Viola papilionacea
  • Synonym: Viola papilionacea var. priceana
  • Synonym: Viola priceana
  • Synonym: Viola sororia var. grisea

Photo Gallery
Location: Manalapan, NJ, Zone 7A
Date: 2019-04-15
Violets in all their splendor
Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)
Date: 2020-03-28
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2023-05-19
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-03-08
Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)
Date: 2020-03-20
Uploaded by keithp2012
Location: South Paris, Maine
Date: 2024-05-19
Pretty overlay of lavender orchid tones and white
Location: Aberdeen, NC (N. Sycamore street)
Date: March 18,  2023
Field pansy #104; RAB p. 723, 130-2-28; LHB p. 683, 133-1-?; AG p
Location: Southern Maine
Date: May 16 2021
Shiny leaves, clump forming.  I appreciate variability in soraria
Location: Hood, Alabama

Light form bloom
Location: Bob Woodruff Park Plano, TX
Date: 2016-03-06
Location: My Garden, Ontario, Canada
Date: 2016-05-25
A little wild white violet with a very pretty blue throat.
Location: Woodbridge , Va
Date: 03/31/16
Location: Aberdeen, NC
Date: March 12,  2022
Field pansy #104; RAB p. 723, 130-2-2p5a; LHB p. 683, 133-1-4; AG
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2003-03-22
Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
Location: Tennessee
Date: 2002-04-15
Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
Location: (Variant) Tennessee
Date: 2003-04-02
Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/

Wikipedia
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2023-05-18
Pretty lilac color
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2023-05-16
Location: West Fulton, NY My Front Raised Bed Facing North
Date: 2017-05-18
Its a Wanderer, A Happy Wanderer
Location: Toledo Bend Lake area - Texas/Louisiana
Photo Courtesy Toledo-Bend.Com
Location: Yard, near Central Iowa
Date: 2014-10-27
Opened seed pods in late fall.
Location: Aberdeen, NC (S. Sycamore street)
Date: 2023-03-17
Field pansy #104; RAB p. 723, 130-2-28; LHB p. 683, 133-1-?; AG p

credit: Dalgial
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2006-05-16
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2020-05-13
Blooming beautifully in sandy spot.  Pretty hints of blue in viol
Uploaded by keithp2012

Blue bloom
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-02-28
Location: Toledo Bend Lake area - Texas/Louisiana
Photo Courtesy Toledo-Bend.Com
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2012-03-19
Wild violets intermingled with some chickweed
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-05-03
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2021-03-21
Location: my garden in Dawsonville, GA (zone 7b north Geogia mountains)
Date: 2021-03-21
Location: Ralph Simmons State Forest - Nassau co., Florida
Date: 11-MAR-2006
Photo courtesy of Brian Ahern
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2014-05-05

Date: 2004-04-05
Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/

Wikipedia
Location: Kalama, wa
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Fairfax, VA | March, 2023
Date: 2023-03-25
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2017-05-18
Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia), white variant
Location: Fairfax, VA | April, 2023 
Date: 2023-04-09
Location: Opp, AL
Date: 2016-02-28
Location: Toledo Bend Lake area - Texas/Louisiana
Photo Courtesy Toledo-Bend.Com
Location: Toledo Bend Lake area - Texas/Louisiana
Photo Courtesy Toledo-Bend.Com
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-04-24

Date: c. 1921
illustration by F. Schuyler Mathews from Brainerd's 'Violets of N
Location: Fairfax, VA | May, 2023
Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.
Date: 2012-02-03
Beautiful flowers.
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2014-07-31
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2008-04-21
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2008-04-21
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2014-04-14
Location: Kentucky
amazing specimen
Location: Lake Bluff, Il
Date: 2012-05-07 
White Wild Violet
Location: Lake Bluff, Il
Date: 2012-05-07 
Purple Wild Violet
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2017-05-18
Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia), blooms and buds
Location: My garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2010-04-05
Location: Hungary
Date: 2013-05-19
Location: Southern Maine
Date: 2020-05-26
Short spur closeup sideview
Location: Toledo Bend Lake area - Texas/Louisiana
Photo Courtesy Toledo-Bend.Com
Location: Toledo Bend Lake area - Texas/Louisiana
Photo Courtesy Toledo-Bend.Com
Location: Toledo Bend Lake area - Texas/Louisiana
Photo Courtesy Toledo-Bend.Com
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-04-24
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-04-24
stems are fuzzy
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2013-04-24
Location: Charleston, SC
Date: 2019-04-05
Location: My Garden, Ontario, Canada
Date: 2016-05-25
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-02-19
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-02-19
Location: Middle Tennessee
Date: 2011-12-19
Location: Natural Area in Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2012-03-22
Location: My Garden, Ontario, Canada
Date: 2016-05-25
This little violet has a very blue eye.
Location: Natural Area in Northeastern Indiana
Date: 2012-03-22
Just beginning to open
Uploaded by jtellerelsberg
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Comments:
  • Posted by krobra (Woodbridge , Va - Zone 7a) on Apr 20, 2018 12:47 AM concerning plant:
    I find this mildly aggressive spreading plant a welcome addition to the few beds it has decided to make a home in so far, mainly because it is a host plant for Fritillary butterflies. Its pretty purple early blooms and cute heart-shaped leaves are an added bonus to my often otherwise drab and fairly barren early spring beds.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jan 21, 2014 6:03 PM concerning plant:
    In 1908 V. sororia became the official state flower of Illinois.
  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jan 9, 2012 10:06 AM concerning plant:
    Difficult to eradicate; any portion of plant left in ground will emerge as a new plant.
    They also perpetrate themselves overly well by means of seed production.
  • Posted by robertduval14 (Milford, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 15, 2013 9:27 PM concerning plant:
    Wisconsin's state flower.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 21, 2011 1:41 PM concerning plant:
    This plant can spread very rapidly and is sometimes considered an invasive weed.

    Leaves are heart-shaped. The flowers occur on stalks that do not contain leaves. Flowers consist of 5 petals that range from white to blue to purple and all shades in between.
  • Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Jul 26, 2015 5:18 PM concerning plant:
    This is one of my favorites that I do not have to work on. I enjoy the color in and around the lawn every spring. The growth hides unsightly utility doodads that come out of the house. I like how the growth surrounds the spruce trees and even the propane tank. I do not feel that this plant overwhelms; it just fills in around other greenery.

    One interesting thing about this plant is that, besides the flowers being pollinated by insects, it also has closed flowers in the late summer that self-pollinate.
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