Viola palmata (Palmate-Leaved Violet) [15 Seeds]


Germination Information: I have not yet tried to grow this lovely-leaved violet from seed—I have just let it self-sow (which is does freely, in the way violets are wont to do—so I can’t give first-hand advice, other than to not buy these seeds unless you are open to experimenting. I found one source that advises starting the seeds in warm conditions, while others recommend sowing in late fall to early winter or giving an artificial chilling period of about 2 months.

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As you may guess from its name, the most distinctive feature of palmate-leaved violet, also known as palm violet, is its palmately lobed leaves. They are quite variable in shape, ranging from subtle to deep lobes, even on one plant. (Another common name is early blue violet, but the mid- to late spring flowers are more purple than blue.) The leafy clumps are typically 4 to 6 inches tall. Palmate-leaved violet grow best in partial shade and average to moist soil. This species is native throughout much of  eastern North America. I gathered these seeds from plants that popped up on their own here at Hayefield in Bucks County, PA. (As far as I’m aware, the species ID is correct, but if you are experienced in identifying wild violets and have a different opinion, please let me know!) The reported hardiness range is Zones 4 to 9.

Collected in early to mid July 2023. At least 15 seeds. PA ecotype. Shipping to US addresses only.

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