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Viola sororia

Common Name(s):
Common blue violet, Sister violet
Category:
Wildflowers
Comment:


The common blue violet is a wildflower in the Violaceae family.  It tolerates wet soil, clay soil, and being planted near black walnut trees.

Seasons of Interest:

     Bloom: Spring-Summer, April-August

Wildlife Value: Nectar from the flowers attract butterflies and bees.  Members of the genus Viola support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Gonandrena) fragilisAndrena (Gonandrena) integraand Andrena (Gonandrena) platypariaThis plant is resistant to damage by deer.

Insects, Diseases and Other Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. 

Season:
Spring to early summer
Height:
3-8 in.
Foliage:
Up to 5 in. hairy heart-shaped leaves and hairy stems
Flower:
0.5-0.75 in. blue to white flowers, or white with purple veins; five petals; smooth stalks
Site:
Damp woods, moist meadows, roadsides
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
clay, wet soil, wet sites, bees, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, damp soil, deer resistant, black walnut, butterflies, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2791

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F.A. Seleensturm, CC BY - 2.0
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James Steakley, CC-BY-SA-3.0
Viola sororia Close up of bloom.
Jay Sturner, CC BY - 2.0
Viola sororia Leaf
Dalgial, CC-BY-SA-3.0