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Viola blanda

Common Name(s):
Sweet white violet, Woodland white violet
Categories:
Native Plants, Wildflowers
Comment:


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) fragilisAndrena (Gonandrena) integraand Andrena (Gonandrena) platyparia. This plant is resistant to damage by deer.

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

Season:
Spring to early summer
Height:
6-12 in.
Foliage:
1 to 2 in. heart-shaped leaves; few widely scattered hairs
Flower:
White flowers; lower petals have purple veins; upper petals are often twisted or bent backwards; reddish tinged stalk
Zones:
2-7
Habit:
Spreading
Site:
Moist to wet, shaded, acidic soil.
Exposure:
Partial shade
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
woodland, shade tolerant, wet soil, bees, nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, deer resistant, wet site, rock garden, boarder, butterflies, wet

NCCES plant id: 2783

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Cathie Bird, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Viola blanda Close up of flower.
Aaron Carlson, CC-BY-SA-2.0