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Environmental Studies

Viola blanda (Sweet White Violet) Violaceae

Easily grown in average to medium wet soil. This flower has no insect or disease problems.


Common Name: Sweet White Violet

Native Range: North America and Illinois

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Family: Violaceae

Bloom Time: April to May

Bloom Description: White 

Suggested Use: Ground cover

Attracts: Butterflies

Tolerate: Deer

  States in America where Viola blanda has been reported.

Leaves of the Sweet violet later on during the season.



Flower: Single irregular 5 petal white terminal flower. Flowers are about 1/2 inch across the upper two petals typically more narrow that most violets.

Leaves and stems: Leaves are all basal, forming clusters at nodes along stem runners, mostly heart-shaped, up to  2 1/2 inches wide at maturity.  The leaves are either rounded, blunted or pointed at the tip. The top of the leaves my appear gently glaborous. Leaf color is dark green; the leaf color and flower stalk are often tinged with red. 

Fruit: The fruit of the violet is a hanging ovoid capsule about 1/4 inch long, containing many small seeds that ripen to dark brown.