Data specific to Violas (Edit)
Growth habit: Spreading/creeping/trailing

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Partial or Dappled Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Other: will produce cleistogamous flowers
Flower Color: Purple
White
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late fall or early winter
Winter
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Culinary Herb
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Bees
Cleistogamous

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Common names
  • Sweet Violet
  • Violet
  • English Violet
  • Garden Violet
  • Fragrant Violet

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Location: Mountains of northern California
Date: March 04, 2016
Location:  Bronx NY
Date: April 25, 2014
These grow wild and form a nice groundcover.

Date: 2013-05-09

Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek. Used with permissio
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2015-07-09
If you allow wild violets to grow you may get a frittilary caterp
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2011-12-03
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2018-04-13
Love the variegated leaves!

By Fritz Geller-Grimm (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativeco
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-27
Location: Twisp
Date: June
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Willow Street, Pennsylvania
Date: 2023-04-05
Lovely but very invasive in lawns in this area.
Location: Grassy Creek, NC
Date: 2023-10-24
Viola odorata

Date: 2022-04-01
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2018-04-12

Date: 2015-04-17
Location: Mountains of northern California
Date: March 04, 2016
Location: Fairfax, Virginia (Outdoors)
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-21
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2017-03-30
Naturalised in the woodland
Location: Willow Street, Pennsylvania
Date: 2023-04-05
Lovely but very invasive in lawns in this area.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-04-10
rather weedy wildflower
Photo by sedumzz

Photo by Leo Michels
Location: Flatwoods Park - Hillsborough County, Florida
Date: 07-MAR-2005
Photo courtesy of Brian Ahern
Location: Fairfax, Virginia
Date: 2022-04-10

By Cptcv via Wikimedia Commons
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-05-10
Location: Murray, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-03-28
Location: Murray, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-04-05
Photo by sedumzz
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: 2010-07-07
Location: Chassahowitzka WMA - Hernando County, Florida
Date: 01-MAR-2008
Photo courtesy of Brian Ahern

Date: 2015-04-17
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2015-03-23
Growing in pot with rose cutting
Photo by sedumzz
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-18
Field of violets
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-16

By H. Zell via Wikimedia Commons

By H. Zell via Wikimedia Commons
Location: Murray, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-03-28
Location: Murray, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-03-28
Location: Murray, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-03-28
Location: Canada
Location: Murray, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-04-05
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2011-12-10
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2016-02-25
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2016-02-25
Location: Gause, Texas
Date: 2020-03-16
Clump of wild violets growing underneath a yard tree swing. Centr
Location: Gause, Texas
Date: March 2020
On rural property in Central TX.
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-04-18

Photo by Leo Michels
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: 2010-06-27
Location: Enterprise, Al. 36330
Date: 2015-03-23
Location: Twisp
Date: 2015-04-30
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2013-08-04
already exploded
Location: Jacksonville, TX
Date: 2012-02-16
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-16
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-15
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-13

Date: 2007-04-19
Jose Hernandez - USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Date: 2005-03-21
Photo by Andrea Moro
Location: Tucson, AZ
Date: 2013-04-07
closeup of the leaves

Courtesy Gardens in the Wood of Grassy Creek
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Location: Murray, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-03-28
Location: Murray, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-03-28
Location: Murray, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-03-28
Location: Murray, Utah, United States
Date: 2018-04-05
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2011-12-10
Location: Fountain, Florida
Date: 2011-12-10
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-21
Location: Brownstown Pennsylvania
Date: 2016-10-03
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2016-02-25
Location: Gause, Texas
Date: 2020-03-16
Central TX.  They come back every year in very early Spring.

Photo by Leo Michels
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
Date: 2020-04-26
We still pull myriad seedlings every spring even though the thugg

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Comments:
  • Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Jan 9, 2012 2:53 AM concerning plant:
    This little plant grows wild in yards in western Kentucky. A lot of people consider them invasive. I like them because they are a sure sign of spring. I also like them because they often will grow as ground cover where nothing else grows.

    Viola odorata is a species of the genus Viola and is native to Europe and Asia. In India it is commonly used as a remedy to cure sore throat and tonsilitis. Some of our Native Americans used it in the same way medicinally. The sweet scent of this flower has proved popular to many generations particularly in the late Victorian period, and has consequently been used in the production of many cosmetic fragrances and perfumes. The French are also known for their violet syrup, most commonly made from an extract of violets. In the United States, this French violet syrup is used to make violet scones and marshmallows. (Wiki)
  • Posted by desertkoigal (Tucson - Zone 9a) on May 24, 2013 9:38 PM concerning plant:
    Grows in Tucson in a shady spot with daily watering
  • Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Apr 14, 2016 9:18 AM concerning plant:
    Sweet violets are a jolly little plant that will self-sow and/or send runners out wherever the conditions are right. One of the earliest spring blooms, I let them colonize where they want, occasionally pulling them after bloom if they are crowding other plants. Mine limit themselves to my north and east yards, usually at the front edge of a bed. A pairing I am particularly fond of is violets at the foot of Stella daylilly - by the time Stella has covered the violets, they have finished blooming and don't seem to mind being in her shade for the rest of the season. Violets are also a host plant for spider mites, so keep your eye out.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 15, 2013 6:05 AM concerning plant:
    Violas make lovely dried or pressed flowers and the size is good for a number of craft uses. Pressed between glass and framed, they can become attractive dried flower "pictures".
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 23, 2012 3:05 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get nectar from this plant.
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