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Viola glabella

Pioneer Violet

Large, green, heart shaped leaves create a blanket of ground-hugging foliage that looks good from spring through fall. Starting in March, yellow flowers emerge, featuring the two lower petals marked with purple veins to act as a landing platform for nectar-seeking insects. Long blooming and easy to grow.

Benefits

  • Easy to grow and perfect for massing in rockeries
  • Larval food source for many fritillary butterflies
  • A key nectar source for native insects
  • Good groundcover for shady areas
  • Long bloom is attractive in the landscape
  • Will tolerate wet soils

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Plant in moist soil with part shade. It will spread quickly via seed and rhizomes to form a great groundcover.


Height
10-12 Inches

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Spread
12-15 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Native Range

Moist woods and stream banks from Alaska south to California and east to Montana and Idaho

Native Trivia

Butterflies are active during the day.  They use their colors to attract a mate or to warn predators that they are unpleasant to eat. In contrast, moths are usually dull in color and are active at dusk or during the night.

Characteristics & Attributes

Shade
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Wet Sun
Fall Color
Ground cover
Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Wet
Bloom Time
Late Spring / Early Summer
Summer
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Forest
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Bog, water garden
Cut or dried flower
Edging
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Native to
Alaska
California
Idaho
Montana
Oregon
Washington