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Viola rostrata (Long Spurred Violet)

Longspur Violet, Long-spurred Violet


Native to Eastern North America, Viola rostrata (Long Spurred Violet) is a low-growing perennial with heart-shaped, toothed, dark green leaves. Eye-catching, lilac-purple flowers adorned with a very long nectar spur appear in mid spring to early summer. Their upper petals have dark violet streaks, the three lower ones display dark violet veins and the two lateral petals are beardless. The blossoms rise on long stalks above the foliage. Often regarded as an early sign of spring, Long Spurred Violet is a charming addition to the shady border or rock garden where it forms brilliant clumps of color. If left to set seed, expect more of these little gems to appear every year.

  • Grows up to 6-8 in. tall (15-20 cm) and 4-6 in. wide (1-15 cm). Tends to self-seed in ideal growing conditions.
  • A part shade to full shade lover, it is best grown in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils.
  • This plant is very versatile and can be used in beds and borderscottage gardens, rock gardenswoodland gardens or as a ground cover.
  • Keep an eye out for slugs, snails, violet gall midge, powdery mildews and pansy leaf spot.
  • Propagate by seed.
  • Native to Eastern North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Viola - Violets
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spread 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, 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 3 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Viola - Violets
Exposure Partial Sun, Shade
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 6" – 8" (15cm – 20cm)
Spread 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spacing 6" (15cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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