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Common Blue Violet (Wild Violet)

Viola papilionacea Pursh, (V. sororia)

  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
  • broadleaf Plantain

Found in:

  • Lawns and landscape beds
  • Grows in shady, moist areas (drought tolerant when mature)


  • Low growing perennial that often grows in patches
  • Grows best during cool temperatures (spring, fall)
  • Heart-shaped leaves with rounded teeth on leaf margin (leaf edge)
  • Dark violet, violet, blue, or nearly white flowers bloom May through June
  • Root system is fibrous along with short, thick, branching rhizomes (underground stems)


  • Will adapt to lower mowing heights by growing smaller leaves with shorter stems

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