Sand Violet (Viola affinis) in the Violas Database

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Sand Violet
Give a thumbs up Pale Early Violet

Botanical names:
Viola affinis Accepted
Viola sororia var. affinis Synonym
Viola sororia subsp. affinis Synonym

Data specific to Violas (Edit)
Growth habit: Compact/mounding

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 4 - 6 inches
Plant Spread: 6 - 12 inches
Leaves: Other: Heart shaped, toothed, dark, glossy green.
Fruit: Dehiscent
Other: 3-celled capsule containing numerous tiny seeds.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Other: Pale to deep lavender with white throat.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant


Discussion Threads about this plant
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Very nice shot of this lovely viola! by SongofJoy Jan 19, 2013 4:05 AM 2
Violet? by Anderwood Jun 5, 2014 5:00 PM 3

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