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Wild Blue Violet

Purple Wild Blue Violet, Viola papilionacea, Violet

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Everyone loves our classic native violets. Simple to grow and dependable for great color each spring. (Viola papilionacea)

Zones 3 - 7
Plants for Small Spaces
Plants for Small Spaces
Light Requirements
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Full Shade
Full Shade
Mature Plant Size 6-10" tall, 6-10" wide
Bloom Time Early to late spring

Plant Information

Everybody's favorite woodland wildflower, this one is a must in any shady garden. As many gardeners know, the violets expel many seeds after their bloom, and if they are in a perennial garden or other formal area, they can become a solid spreading mat. In woodland gardens, this is usually desirable. Just a few plants will seed themselves into quite a patch in just a couple of years. And then, even after their bloom, the glossy green groundcover formed by their leaves is attractive.
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5FVIOLA3 (Bag of 3) - Out of stock.
Common Name Violet
Botanical Name Viola papilionacea
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Light Requirements Half Sun / Half Shade, Full Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 6-10" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 6-10" wide
Bloom Time Early to late spring
Planting Depth Plant so that the top of the root is 1" below the soil line.
Ships As Bare Root
Native Yes
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil, Moist/Wet Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Moist/Wet
Advantages Native, Plants for Small Spaces
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


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American MeadowsWild Blue Violet

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Struggling, but surviving


from Ammon, ID

Comments about American Meadows Wild Blue Violet:

I planted these last fall, and most came up this spring, but haven't really grown much or bloomed. I think I may have planted them in the wrong spot, and will try moving them to a more shady location.

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Not in my zone!


from Almaden Valley, San Jose, CA

Comments about American Meadows Wild Blue Violet:

Of the three plants only one grew. I made the mistake because this doesn't appear to like my zone 8. My fault for not checking zone!

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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