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Viola sororia (Common Blue Violet)

Common Blue Violet, Missouri Violet, Common Blue Violet, Hooded Blue Violet, Florida Violet, Meadow Violet, Confederate Violet, Dooryard Violet, Purple Violet, Woolly Blue Violet, Wood Violet, Hooded Violet, Viola floridana, Viola latiuscula, Viola palmata var. sororia, Viola papilionacea, Viola papilionacea var. priceana, Viola priceana, Viola papilionacea, Viola septentrionalis

Viola Sororia, Common Blue Violet, Missouri Violet, Hooded Blue Violet, Florida Violet, Meadow Violet, Shade plants, shade perennial, violet flowers, plants for shade
Viola Sororia, Common Blue Violet, Missouri Violet, Hooded Blue Violet, Florida Violet, Meadow Violet, Shade plants, shade perennial, violet flowers, plants for shade
Viola Sororia, Common Blue Violet, Missouri Violet, Hooded Blue Violet, Florida Violet, Meadow Violet, Shade plants, shade perennial, violet flowers, plants for shade

Native to eastern and central North America, Viola sororia (Common Blue Violet) is a stemless, low-growing perennial with glossy, heart-shaped leaves topped with attractive, large blue-violet flowers with conspicuous white throats. Each flower sits atop its own leafless stalk. In addition to the normal flowers, there are often flowers near the ground that fail to open, but their fruit produces vast quantities of seeds. Blooming in mid-spring and sometimes intermittently into late summer, this Violet is so pretty that it is the state flower of Illinois, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Wisconsin!

  • Easily growing up to 6-10 in. tall and wide (15-25 cm), this Violet will freely self-seed and happily multiply in satisfactory growing conditions.
  • Performs best in light shade or part shade in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Tolerates full sun if there is sufficient moisture. Prefers humus-rich, moisture-retentive soils. Clay soil tolerant.
  • This plant is very versatile and can be used in beds, borders, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, rock gardens, woodland gardens, containers, or as ground covers. Violet leaves are high in vitamins A and C and can be used in salads or cooked as greens. The flowers can be made into candies and jellies.
  • Watch for slugs, snails, aphids, glasshouse red spider mite, violet gall midge, powdery mildew and pansy leaf spot
  • Deer resistant
  • Deadhead to prolong flowering unless seed is required

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Violaceae
Genus Viola
Common names Florida Violet, Common Blue Violet, Purple Violet, Violet, Wood Violet
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 6" - 10"
(15cm - 25cm)
Spread 6" - 10"
(15cm - 25cm)
Spacing 10" (25cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Midwest, Southeast, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Southwest, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Viola palustris (Marsh Violet)
Viola sempervirens (Evergreen Violet)
Viola pedatifida (Prairie Violet)
Viola glabella (Pioneer Violet)
Viola rotundifolia (Round-Leaved Violet)
Viola cucullata (Marsh Blue Violet)

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Hosta ‘Wide Brim’ (Plantain Lily)
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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 10
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Violaceae
Genus Viola
Common names Florida Violet, Common Blue Violet, Purple Violet, Violet, Wood Violet
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 6" - 10"
(15cm - 25cm)
Spread 6" - 10"
(15cm - 25cm)
Spacing 10" (25cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Northeast, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Dakota, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Midwest, Southeast, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Southwest, Texas, Oklahoma
Tolerance Deer, Clay Soil
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Ground Covers, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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