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Common Dog Violet

Viola riviniana

Also known as

Dog Violet, Wood Violet, Common Dog Violet, Blunt-Spurred Violet, Rivinus' Violet

Viola riviniana, common dog-violet UK by Stu's Images (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Common Dog Violet Overview

Viola riviniana, the Common Dog Violet, is a mat-forming rhizomatous perennial species from the Violaceae family. It produces oval to heart-shaped and slightly hairy leaves that grow from a low-growing rosette. Flowers are violet-purple in colour, with a straight pale whitish spur, these are formed on lateral stems from late spring-early summer, they measure 1.2-1.8cm across. This plant is sometimes confused with the Early Dog Violet, Viola reichenbachiana, which can flower at the same time but has a purple flower spur and the Sweet Violet, Viola odorata, which produces scented flowers.

Common problems with Common Dog Violet

How to harvest Common Dog Violet

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Common Dog Violet



Usually the perennials and sub-shrubs are propagated by softwood cuttings in spring or they can be propagated by root division.


Special features of Common Dog Violet

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Common Dog Violet

Suits being grown in woodland or wild gardens.