- Common Name(s):
- Sweet white violet, Woodland white violet
- Native Plants, Wildflowers
Sweet white violets are low maintenance North American native wildflowers in the Violaceae family. They spread by runners (stolons) and can form a carpeted groundcover. They naturalize easily in woodland, rock gardens, boarders and shade gardens.
Seasons of Interest:
Bloom: Spring, April-May
Wildlife Value: Nectar from the flowers attract butterflies and bees. Members of the genus Viola support the following specialized bees: Andrena (Gonandrena) fragilis, Andrena (Gonandrena) integra, and Andrena (Gonandrena) platyparia. This plant is resistant to damage by deer.
Insects, Diseases and Other Problems: No serious insect or disease problems.
- Spring to early summer
- 6-12 in.
- 1 to 2 in. heart-shaped leaves; few widely scattered hairs
- White flowers; lower petals have purple veins; upper petals are often twisted or bent backwards; reddish tinged stalk
- Moist to wet, shaded, acidic soil.
- Partial shade
- Life Cycle:
NCCES plant id: 2783