Viola sororia (Common violet)


Type: Forb

Area: Prairie

Height: 4″

Bloom Months: April, May, June

Color: Purple

Sun: Shade, Partial to Full Sun

Moisture:  Medium Dry, Medium, Medium Wet

Soil:  Loam

Attracts/Benefits: Birds, Butterflies, Pollinators

Hosts: Viola sororia is also one of the larval host plants for the Edward’s Fritillary butterfly, Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly, the Coronis Fritillary butterfly, the Mormon Fritillary butterfly, and the Variegated Fritillary butterfly.

Photo credit: Prairie Moon Nursery, Heather Holm

5 in stock

SKU: 1030 Category:


Description from Prairie Moon Nursery: Also called Viola papilionacea, common meadow violet, purple violet, woolly blue violet, hooded violet, wood violet, and the lesbian flower, this violet is a very common plant found in a wide range of habitats. It also happens to be the state flower of Illinois, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Wisconsin. Freely self-seeding, Common Blue Violet will spread readily. It is sometimes considered a lawn weed because of its prolific and adaptable nature, but together, they are a lovely groundcover and provide early nectar source for bees and other pollinators. Spring is the typical bloom time, but because of the early bloom time, it’s not uncommon to see many Viola species bloom again in the early Fall.

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