Viola cucullata
(Marsh Violet)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Marsh Violet, Marsh Blue Violet, Hooded Violet, Blue Violet, Purple Violet, Bog Violet
    Synonyms: Viola obliqua
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: April - June
    Status: Native

Viola cucullata, or Marsh Violet, is native to most of the eastern half of the United States. It is a perennial, that grows in moist open woods, as well as moist meadows and prairies and along streams, and bogs and fens. It blooms in late spring and early summer with purple flowers.

There are many species of Viola in the United States, and many look very similar. This species has purple flowers like many species, but it grows in wet places, and its flower stems stick up conspicuously above the leaves when in bloom; additionally, the flower center is shaded in blue.

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