Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) in the Violas Database

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Botanical names:
Viola sororia Accepted
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 Synonym

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

Violets in all their splendor

ATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild PlantsATP Podcast #15: Edible Wild Plants
By dave on 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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Location: Manalapan, NJ, Zone 7ADate: 2019-04-15Violets in all their splendor
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Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)Date: 2020-03-28
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Location: my garden Date: 2014-03-08
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Location: The Natural State (Arkansas)Date: 2020-03-20
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Location: Woodbridge , VaDate: 03/31/16
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Location: TennesseeDate: 2003-03-22Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
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Location: TennesseeDate: 2002-04-15Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
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Location: (Variant) TennesseeDate: 2003-04-02Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
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Wikipedia
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Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2006-05-16
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-04-21
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Location: Middle TennesseeDate: 2012-03-19Wild violets intermingled with some chickweed
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Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.Date: 2012-02-03Beautiful flowers.
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Date: 2004-04-05Steven J. Baskauf http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/
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Location: West Fulton, NY My Front Raised Bed Facing NorthDate: 2017-05-18Its a Wanderer, A Happy Wanderer
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-05-03
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-04-21
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Location: Middle TennesseeDate: 2011-12-19
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Location: Natural Area in Northeastern IndianaDate: 2012-03-22
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Location: Natural Area in Northeastern IndianaDate: 2012-03-22Just beginning to open
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Location: Lake Bluff, IlDate: 2012-05-07 White Wild Violet
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Location: Lake Bluff, IlDate: 2012-05-07 Purple Wild Violet
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Location: HungaryDate: 2013-05-19
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Location: My garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2010-04-05
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Location: my garden Date: 2014-02-19
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Location: my garden Date: 2014-02-19
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-04-14
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Location: Kentuckyamazing specimen
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Comments:
Posted by krobra (Woodbridge , Va - Zone 7a) on Apr 20, 2018 12:47 AM

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.

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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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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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