Viola sororia Willd.

Dooryard Violet

Plant with a fleshy rhizome. Leaves deciduous, heart-shaped, margin toothed. Flowers generally large and long-stemmed, soft blue-violet with a white eye; spring to summer.

V. papilionacea Pursh is a hairless variant now considered under this species so that varying degrees of hairiness occur in this species. [V. papilionacea Pursh]

The cleistogamous flowers (formed after the normal flowering period and fertilised while still closed) are a feature.

One of the commonest violets in the United States.

Source: McLeod, J. (1997). Violaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

Distribution map

Viola sororia 'Confederate Violet'

Flowers large, white with a purple centre radiating out in fine rays to give a pinstriped effect. [V. princeana Pollard]

Viola sororia 'Crystal Blue'

Flowers pure sky blue on stalks to about 13 cm long.

Viola sororia 'Freckles'

Flowers prolific generally relatively small, pale blue freckled with deeper blue on stalks to 15 cm long. ['Speckles']

Viola sororia 'Royal Robe'

Flowers prolific, rich purple, slightly fragrant on stalks to 15 cm or so long.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malpighiales
family       Violaceae
genus        Viola L.