Canada Violet

Viola canadensis

Violette du Canada

In the Violaceae (violet) family, this perennial plant grows from a short rhizome with fibrous roots, forming clumps, and it spreads by stolons. This is a plant that tends to grow in abundance in hardwood forests (beech-birch-maple or maple-basswood-ash type), usually with sugar maple as a dominant species. Mass in shaded areas of woodland gardens,…

Leaves and flowers can be eaten raw or cooked or made into tea. Compared to the Sweet White Violet, Canada Violets have a much larger flower with yellow throat.


In nature Open deciduous woods, borders.


Companion plant suggestions include Marsh Marigold

Caring for Canada Violet

Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in part shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils.

It is happiest in Well drained

In terms of water, Canada Violet needs Moist