Viola sororia - Common Blue Violet
Common Blue Violet
White or blue flowers can be found scattered among the dense deep green foliage. Don't worry if you see some holes from caterpillars on the lush deep green leaves. Many moths and the fritillary butterfly feed on the foliage.
- Perfect in groups and in containers
- Provides cover for small wildlife
- Can self-seed in ideal growing conditions
- A colorful groundcover for the shade or rock garden
- Larval food source for many fritillary butterflies
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
Common Blue Violet supports a wide range of wildlife including bees, butterflies, birds, and small mammals. The plant also acts as a larval host to several butterfly and moth species.
Grows well in average, moist, well-drained humus-rich soils in part shade, creating a dense ground cover.