Viola lanceolata
(Lance-Leaved Violet)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Lance-Leaved Violet, Lance-Leaf Violet, Bog White Violet
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 4 - 10
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: March - August
    Status: Native

Viola lanceolata, or Lance-Leaved Violet, is native to the eastern United States, and is also adventive on the West Coast. It is a perennial, which grows in sandy, moist areas like bogs, fens and shores. It blooms in late spring and early summer, and in warmer areas, it may be found blooming at earlier or later times.

The plant has stunning white flowers with veins of deep purple. It does not have too many lookalikes, but the ones that are, are Viola macloskeyi and Viola blanda. Among these, Viola lanceolata has very long, lance-shaped leaves. There is an additional species that is called Viola primulifolia, which is believed to be a naturally occurring hybrid of Viola lanceolata and Viola macloskeyi. We treat it as such here and do not have a separate page for it. Additional information and pictures will be added soon.

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