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Common Blue Violet, Confederate Violet, Dooryard Violet, Meadow Violet - Viola sororia


Family: Violaceae - Violet family Genus Common Name: Violet Native Status: Native
Viola sororia - Common Blue Violet, Confederate Violet, Dooryard Violet, Meadow Violet. Viola sororia comes by its common name "Common Blue Violet" justifiably - it is found in many environments throughout the United States from the east coast to the Rocky Mountains. Live east of the Rockies and find a blue violet in your yard, it is likely Viola sororia.

Found in:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

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Distribution of Viola sororia in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 23 Mar 2017). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-March-21Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/60f/16 ISO100
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED
200mm (300 equiv) Flash: Yes
Colony of deep blue violets
Viola sororia

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2016-March-26Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron 90mm Macro
Viola sororia forma priceana is a color form of the species, called Confederate Violet due to the color reminiscent of a Confederate Civil War uniform. In the past (and for some folks even now) it was considered a separate species, Viola priceana.
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Viola sororia

Site: Big Frog Trail, Polk County, TN Date: 2004-May-08Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Common Blue Violet, Polk County, TN. Those are NOT the leaves of the violet, but I do like the bug in the background.
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Viola sororia

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