Botanical Name: Viola canadensis
En Français: 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, wildflower/native plant gardens or naturalized areas. Probably too aggressive for rock gardens or borders.
Planting and Care Considerations
Easily grown in average, medium to wet, well-drained soils in part shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils.
Best Soil: Well drained
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.