Dog Violet

Dog Violet

Botanical Name: Viola conspersa

En Français: Violette décombante


Dog Violet (Viola conspersa) is common in fields and pastures. The plants may be only 2–4 cm tall in spring but become taller later in summer. Leaves are hairless. The basal leaves are round or kidney-shaped with rounded tips and fine rounded marginal teeth; the stem leaves are more heart-shaped and are 2–4 cm long with stipules that are spear-shaped and somewhat ragged or torn in the upper part.

Naturalize in moist soils in shaded areas of native plant gardens, shade gardens, woodland gardens or wild/naturalized areas. Also grows well in pond or stream banks or in shady areas of rock gardens.

Other Characteristics

Pollinators: Butterflies

Sun/Shade: Partial Sun

Planting and Care Considerations

Plants may be grown from seed, but will not flower for 4-5 years. Quicker and better results are obtained from planting corms. Also, offsets from mature plants may be harvested and planted.

These native plants do not transplant well and should be left alone in the wild.

Phlox divaricata, Chrysogonum virginianum, Iris cristata, Silene regia, or Spigelia marilandica

Spread: 15 cm

Water: Moist

Best Soil: Best grown in moist, acidic, humusy soils

Growth Habit: