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Viola palmata

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Common Name:  Early Blue Violet, Wood Violet

Part to full shade, medium to moderately dry moisture level, prefers loamy soil but tolerates some rocky or gritty material, slightly acid to neutral pH.  6 inches height, blooms in spring, purple flowers, self-sows.

Germination Code: C(60) or M, D

Native Region: Statewide

This violet can handle sun with extra moisture.  Blossoms make good candy, jam, jelly, syrup and wine.  Edible leaves are high in Vitamin A and C.  Plant is a larval food for several Fritillary butterflies.   Attracts butterflies and bees.

Early Blue Violet, Wood Violet - Viola palmata 1
Photo Courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center http://www.wildflower.org/