Ease to Grow: Easy.
Native Range: Wetlands of North America.
Zones: 3-8 (2-10).
Bog Violet, Viola lanceolata, is a low growing, perennial, bog plant with pretty white flowers in the Spring and sometimes Fall. Flowers are white with reddish purple veins, and are slightly fragrant. The green leaves are long, lance shaped, form a small rosette, and turn bright yellow in Fall. It seeds readily and spreads with runners like strawberry. It prefers growing in consisently wet, loose, acidic soils, appreciating shade and tolerating full sun in cool, northern zones. It tolerates standing water for short periods of time. It is a rapid grower and spreads nicely from offshoots along runners. It generously produces seeds on short stems resembling a miniature bird's foot. It can spread nicely throughout the collection, but is easily managed. It is outstanding among Venus Flytraps and sundews, especially Threadleaf Sundew.
For Violets, each plant is a rooted, growing, and size refers to plants per cluster: small (1 plant), medium (2 plants), large (3+ plants).
Height: 4" - 6".
Plant Type: Perennial, cold temperate.
Soil: General Bog Mix.
Soil pH: 5.5 - 7.0.
Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Use: Pretty ornamental in the bog garden.