Labrador Violet

Viola ludoviciana

A delightful groundcover, also known as American dog violet or alpine violet, this lovely low-growing species charms observers with its beautiful edible blooms in Spring and Fall, and its pleasing dark green leaves which emanate deep purple year-round. This amiable cousin of more vigorous violets is a considerate neighbor. It does slowly spread and self-seeds around the garden but is not overly assertive and won’t crowd out established perennials. It enjoys meandering along edges and between rocks. Butterfly attractant and deer resistant.

Water: Moderate, somewhat drought tolerant but prefers moist soil

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Low-growing to 6" tall, an even spreading and mounding groundcover

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: Prefers rich, slightly acidic, well-draining soil

Origin: Northern regions of North America, including Canada and the North and Northeastern United States

Additional Characteristics: Edible Flower, Deer Resistant

Labrador Violet