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Viola papilionacea

Common Name(s):
Common blue violet, Hooded blue violet, Wood violet
Edible Plants, Perennials

Viola papilionacea, known as the common blue violet, is a stemless herbaceous perennial in the Violaceae family. It has glossy green heart-shaped leaves. The purple flowers have white throats and the three lower petals are somewhat hairy. The erect flower stem droops slightly and the flowers bend toward the ground.

It self-seeds freely and in lawns and gardens can become a weed.


Young leaves can be used in salads or cooked as greens. Flowers are often added to salads or desserts.
edible, edible weed, weed

NCCES plant id: 2849

Viola papilionacea Whole plant
Jack Pearce, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Viola papilionacea Leaves
Jack Pearce, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Viola papilionacea Flower
Josh Mayer, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Viola papilionacea Flower
Jack Pearce, CC-BY-SA-2.0