A wonderful form of the North American woolly violet. Easily grown in any decent soil in sun or part shade. Flowers of a pale blue background freckled with purple spots, in spring.
Viola sororia is an eastern Northern America native. In Canada, one can find it in all provinces, from Newfoundland to British Columbia, and in the Northwest Territory. Natural habitats include moist to mesic black soil prairies, open woodlands, woodland edges, savannas, and wooded slopes along rivers or lakes. In developed areas, it can be found in lawns, city parks, moist waste areas, and along hedges or buildings. The widespread blue species is the state flower of Illinois, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Wisconsin.
Common name(s): Woolly Blue Violet, Sister Violet
Picture courtesy of The Hardy Plant Society