Viola fimbriatula
(Sand Violet)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Sand Violet, Arrowleaf Violet, Blue Fringed Violet, Ovate Leaf Violet
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: May - July
    Status: Native

Viola fimbriatula, or Sand Violet, is native to the northeastern United States, into the Appalachian areas, as well as the Great Lakes region. It is a perennial, which grows in dry fields, prairies, along trails, and along woodland edges, in dry, sandy soil. It blooms in mid to late spring with purple flowers that can be either dark purple or lighter almost leaning toward pink.

This plant does not look like many others. The one that it does is its close cousin, Viola sagittata. This is considered by some to be the same species, or a variant of it, but here we treat it as a separate species for several reasons: Viola fimbriatula seems to grow almost always in dry areas, where Viola sagittata grows in moist areas; additionally, Viola fimbriatula has leaves that are much less "arrow-shaped" and are more oval, as well as leaves that are hairy; finally, its stems for the most part are short and lay flat on the ground, while Viola sagittata has long stems that stand erect alongside the flower stem. See comparison photo below.

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