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Viola affinis (Sand Violet)

Sand Violet, Pale Early Violet, Thinleaf Violet, Small Blue Violet


Native to eastern North America, Viola affinis (Sand Violet) is a low-growing perennial forming a dense rosette of glossy, coarsely toothed, heart-shaped leaves. In mid spring to early summer, the foliage is topped with attractive, dark-veined violet flowers with conspicuous white throats. This Violet goes dormant and disappears in the summer, but comes back in cool weather. Sand Violet thrives in moist to wet shaded areas, deciduous woods and edges, boggy meadows.

  • Easily growing up to 6-10 in. tall (15-25 cm) and 6-8 in. wide (15-20 cm), this Violet persists by rhizomes and spreads by seeds.
  • A part shade lover, it is best grown in average, moist, well-drained soils. Good drought tolerance.
  • This cute plant can be used in the shade garden, as a small groundcover under trees, along ponds and streams.
  • Propagate by fall-sown seeds, root division. Native to North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Viola - Violets
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 10" (15cm – 25cm)
Spread 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spacing 8" (20cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Viola - Violets
Exposure Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 10" (15cm – 25cm)
Spread 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spacing 8" (20cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Southwest, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Tolerance Drought
Garden Uses Ground Covers, Ponds and Streams
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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