Viola septentrionalis (Fr: violette septentrionale | En: northern blue violet)
Northern blue violet (Viola septentrionalis) is a lovely perennial wildflower that is native to our region. With its delicate blue-purple blooms and heart-shaped leaves, it adds a charming touch to any garden. It also grows great in lawns, as it can tolerate some mowing. In addition to its beauty and versatility, this violet is a hardy and easy-to-grow plant that requires minimal maintenance.
This plant typically grows to a height of 10-15 cm, and it prefers partial shade to full sun with well-draining soil that is consistently moist. It blooms from April to June, and its flowers are known to attract a variety of pollinators, including butterflies and bees.
The northern blue violet has a long history of medicinal and culinary use. Its leaves and flowers are edible in in moderate quantities, and they are also used as a decorative element in salads and desserts.
*This plant is considered common blue violet (Viola sororia) by some sources as not all sources recognize differences between the two species.
Height: 0.5 meters
Bloom: April to June
Sun: full sun to shade
Moisture: moderate to moist