Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) in the Violas Database

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Botanical names:
Viola sororiaAccepted
Viola sororia var. sororiaSynonym
Viola floridanaSynonym
Viola latiusculaSynonym
Viola palmata var. sororiaSynonym
Viola papilionaceaSynonym
Viola papilionacea var. priceanaSynonym
Viola priceanaSynonym
Viola sororia var. griseaSynonym

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


ATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild PlantsATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild Plants
April 24, 2013

In this episode, Dave and Trish talk about their favorite wild edible plants, the kinds of plants you might come across as you walk through the woods. Many of the plants on this list are sure to surprise you!

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jan 9, 2012 10:06 AM

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.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 21, 2011 1:41 PM

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.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 15, 2013 9:27 PM

Wisconsin's state flower.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Jan 21, 2014 6:03 PM

In 1908 V. sororia became the official state flower of Illinois.

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Posted by Chillybean (Iowa - Zone 5a) on Jul 26, 2015 5:18 PM

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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