Early Dog Violet
Also known as
Early Dog-Violet, Pale Wood Violet, Slender Wood Violet, Early Dog Violet, Wood Dog Violet
Viola reichenbachiana LC0128 by Jörg Hempel (CC BY-SA 2.0 de)
3 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Early Dog Violet Overview
Viola reichenbachiana, the Early Dog Violet is a mat-forming rhizomatous perennial species from the Violaceae family. It produces heart-shaped and slightly hairy leaves that grow from a low-growing rosette. Flowers are violet-purple in colour, with a straight dark violet-blue 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 Common Dog Violet, Viola riviniana which flowers at the same time but has a white flower spur and the Sweet Violet, Viola odorata, which produces scented purple flowers.
Common problems with Early Dog Violet
Can also be affected by pansy leaf spot.
How to harvest Early Dog Violet
Generally not harvested.
How to propagate Early 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 Early Dog Violet
Other uses of Early Dog Violet
Grown for their distinctive flowers. Attracts butterflies