Viola sororia
(Common Blue Violet)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Common Blue Violet, Woolly Blue Violet, Common Violet, Violet, Blue Violet, Meadow Violet
    Synonyms: Viola floridana, Viola latiuscula, Viola papilionacea
    Lifespan: Perennial
    Zones: 3 - 8
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: April - November
    Status: Native

Viola sororia, or Common Blue Violet, is native to the eastern half of the United States. It is a perennial, that grows in open woods, meadows, prairies, fields, along streams, along woodlands, as well as in yards and gardens. It blooms in late spring and early summer with deep purple flowers, and often either continues blooming all year, or takes the heat of the summer off and then sometimes blooms again in fall.

There are many species of Viola in the United States, and many look very similar. This species is one of the most common and it grows freely in yards and gardens. More information will be posted later on distinguishing similar species.

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