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(Common Blue Violet)
Viola sororia
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Common Names: Common Blue Violet, Wooly Blue Violet

Technical Name: Viola sororia

Color: Blue to Purple, Occasionally White (See -f- alba) or Varigated (See -f- priceana)

Striations: Purple

Form: Stemless

Seeds: Mottled with purple, very dark seeds

Habitat: Wet woods, meadows, yards.

Peak Bloom: April - June

Similar Species: Viola cucullata

Description:  
The flowers of Viola sororia  have blue-purple petals, white at the base and veined with dark violet.  The leaves are broad heart-shaped leaves and notched margins.  They have downy-haired leaf stalks, leaf blades and flower stalks.  This is the species that is commonly found growing in lawns.
 
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