Native to much of the eastern half of North America, common violet (Viola sororia) blooms through most of the spring, with purple flowers. Also known as wild violet or woolly violet, its clumps of bright green leaves generally reach 6 to 8 inches tall. This seed strain takes the show to the next level, typically producing white flowers that are heavily speckled with purple—so cute! Now, be aware that common violet can be a vigorous spreader, both by rhizomes and by self-sowing. I wouldn’t recommend adding it to the good soil of a well-prepared border, but I have found it invaluable as a filler in shady spots where I have trouble getting other plants to grow. It can tolerate full sun too, but it tends to look rough there in summer heat. The flowers are edible: not flavorful but lovely as a garnish. Common violet is also valuable as a host plant for fritillary butterflies, and the flowers provide an early source of food for bees and other pollinators. Hardiness is usually Zones 3 to 8.
Collected in early June 2022. At least 15 seeds.
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