Viola adunca - Early Blue Violet

Viola adunca

Early Blue Violet

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From Oregon Flora, Gardening with Natives:

Early blue violet or hookedspur violet has sweet periwinkle to deep purple flowers nodding above rosettes of daintily cupped leaves. This diminutive groundcover is a larval host plant to a number of endangered butterflies in the Pacific Northwest and is often used in butterfly habitat restoration projects. The fragrant flowers can also be used to liven up a garden salad or to add a floral garnish to a cake. This little plant has a high tolerance for salt spray, fluctuating moisture levels, and disturbance, but appreciates soils with high organic matter.

Polk County, OR
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Viola adunca ssp. adunca