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VIOLA sororia 'Freckles'
Common Blue Violet, Freckles Violet
The purple flowers of Viola sororia are a common spring sight in lawns, gardens, and waysides of eastern North America. Its cultivar 'Freckles' has white blooms flecked all over with purple.
The shiny, dark green, heart-shaped leaves of this hardy, low-growing perennial arise from thick, underground, spreading rhizomes. The leaves have round-toothed margins and are creased with conspicuous veins. The flowers have two erect and three down-pointing petals. Later in the season, plants bear greenish-white underground flowers that remain closed. These "cleistogamous" flowers are self-fertile, producing seed without pollination.
This tough perennial succeeds (sometimes alarmingly so) in well-drained soil in full to part sun. It makes a good subject for naturalistic shade gardens and other informal plantings where its colonizing habit is not problematic.
9 - 1
3 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
4"-8" / 10.2cm - 20.3cm
6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm
Clay, Loam, Sand
White, Purple, Violet, Blue Violet
Green, Dark Green
Groundcover, Mixed Border, Wildflower
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