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Wild Violet

Viola pratincola


Wild violets are a pretty perennial, they have white or lavender colored flowers. They reach only 2 to 5 inches in height and bloom in spring. They're common in the eastern half of North America.


Wild violets often begin in cooler, shadier areas of your garden but can quickly spread to become an invasive pest in sunny spots. They do like growing in lawns.


Can be a pest, but some enjoy them in their gardens. Because they spread by both seeds and creeping rhizomes, they can be hard to keep under control. Violets are cultivated in France for perfume. This is an incredible edible. The leaves are high in vitamin C and A. Use both the leaves and flowers in salads. Keep in mind that late season plants without flowers may be confused with inedible greens. Play it safe. Forage this plant only when it is in bloom.

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keithp2012 5 years ago

These beautiful flowers are all over the garden now!

keithp2012 8 years ago

Wild Violet

West Babylon, New York, USA

Lat: 40.70, Long: -73.35

Spotted on Sep 9, 2010
Submitted on Sep 9, 2010

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