Bog Violet


Ease to Grow: Easy
Dormancy: Preferred
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 consistently 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 size refers to plants per cluster: small (1 plant), medium (2 plants), large (3+ plants). Plants are shipped bare-root, wrapped in damp sphagnum moss. In it's dormant season, it will be shipped as a dormant root/rhizome. Photographs are representative of species, and not the specific plant shipped.

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Bog Violet

I purchased these bog violets in the winter and received dormant plants, as expected. I’m looking forward to seeing them grow in the spring.
They arrived quickly, wrapped with great care. Thanks.

Linda Cubberley
Beautiful little Bog Violet!

I am really happy with my little Bog Violet. It bloomed before I received it, but the dead bloom turned into a seed pod with many tiny seeds!

Mike Delange
Very hopeful

This one came in great shape. I stuck it in the bog in a spot where it would get a little less sun, but it’s been a hot July. The picture doesn’t show it, but there is new growth so I’m hopeful it will make it. 5 stars

Big violet

Small and not very vigorous but hope it will grow stronger with time.


I just got my plant a couple of days ago. It was carefully wrapped and had no shoots showing. Today it has 3 shoots that are about 2 inches tall. I am very pleased.

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