Connecticut Plants

This is the violet that often grows in lawns. White or partly-white flowers occur. Some authorities subdivide the species into broad-leaved wood violet (Viola latiuscula), common blue violet (Viola papilionacea), northern blue violet (Viola septentrionalis), and woolly blue violet (Viola sororia). Common blue violet is a variable species. Identifying marks: broad, heart-shaped leaves; flowers and leaves on separate stems that arise from the roots; flowers do not stand much above the leaves (compare to marsh blue violet); and the lowest petal does not have a spur (compare to great-spurred violet).

  • Family: violet (Violaceae)
  • Habitat: woods, meadows, waste areas
  • Height: 3-8 inches
  • Flower size: 3/4 to 1 inch wide
  • Flower color: blue-purple, occasionally white or bicolor
  • Flowering time: April to June
  • Origin: native
Viola sororia Willd.
Viola sororia Willd.