Wild Violets

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In winter the gardener’s eye is scanning the landscape for anything and everything that will fill our enormous desire for the beauty to which we are treated all summer. And thus one is inclined to see what might otherwise have been lost in the splendor of roses and hydrangea, of trumpet vine and forsythia. Attention now focuses here on the lowly wild violet. I cherish this time of year as there is a large section of the front lawn that bursts with these tiny purple treasures and I delight in their beauty, fortitude, and resilience. But until this week I have to admit to having taken them for granted. Indeed, the only moment they really had placed themselves squarely on my inner radar was when I was researching butterfly habitat last summer, and made a mental note that the wild violet was hospitable to the eggs of the fritillary butterfly. I was glad to make note of their pragmatic presence.
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In the many years I have been on this property I have let the violets spread where they will. I actually welcomed them into the crevices between the flagstone pavers I’d put down in front of the rose arbor. I thanked them, and they obligingly spread about.
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Charmingly, they kept a pinkish lavender violet company which I’d purchased at a local nursery.
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How did one end up in a pot for which I paid money, and one become part of the natural landscape? You tell me! Of course I assume the pink one is a hybrid. But the wild violet? How did it end up here? I have no idea. I know it’s tenacious. That answers many questions.

When I began to research the wild violet I was shocked and appalled and saddened to see how many references were regarding how to get rid of it. How to Remove Wild Violets from Your Lawn. Enter poisons, though even poisons apparently are not that effective. More aggressive than even I anticipated. But so not where I wanted to go with this post. My intention is to praise its beauty and express my gratitude that it has chosen to live here and delight my senses. And be a host to the lovely fritillary butterfly. Yes, I like that much better. Thank you.

For violets suit when home birds build and sing,
Not when the outbound bird a passage cleaves;
Not with dry stubble of mown harvest sheaves,
But when the green world buds to blossoming.

~Christina Georgina Rossetti

Probably one reason violets so appeal to me is that I am completely enchanted by small bouquets. Violets lend themselves perfectly to this passion of mine.

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How very dear, indeed.

Love and winter gardening blessings,
Kathryn xoxoo

Footnote: Many thanks to Pomona Belvedere for teaching me this wild violet is formally known as viola odorata. Very helpful!

89 Responses to “Wild Violets”

  1. I’ve always loved them and encourage them here, too. So so sweet!

  2. How perfectly Lovely! They look so pretty in the spaces between the flagstone pavers! Beautiful pictures, too!

    Love you,
    Antonia
    xoxox

  3. Good morning, Kylee! I’m so glad you, too, are a fan! Yes, so sweet. :) Kathryn xoxo

  4. Hi, Antonia! Yes, they are particularly pretty popping up between the pavers! All on their own! Love, Mom xoxo

  5. I have wonderful violets that hug the walls of my square foot garden. They are little gifts of nature that just appeared over time.

  6. Hi, Nancy! Welcome! Hugging the walls sounds so endearing. They are a blessing, for sure. :) Thanks for the visit! Love, Kathryn xoxo

  7. Hi Kathryn!

    I loved this post. I had to look this up, but as you show here, Violets in the past were not something to poison, but a kind of muse to the poet!

    A Violet by a mossy stone
    Half hidden from the eye!
    Fair as a star when only one
    Is shining in the sky

    Wordsworth, “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways”

    Thanks for taking us back to this place!
    :)
    Philip

  8. Kathryn: Violets and the Viola family are an important group of plants. My Field Book of American Wild Flowers list 18 distinct named species. My Peterson Field Guide breaks them down by color (9 white, 6 yellow, 3 violet, 24 violet-blue) They grow in meadows and in deep woods, in dryer areas and along flood plains, They range in color from deepest dark purple to white and every red and blue (and gray) toning of purple in between. They can be striped, freckled, and wonderful yellow. They can be determinant (leaves and flower stalks all at the root) or indeterminant (leaves and flowers shooting out along a growing stem). Here in central Ohio, I have dark purple, blue-purple, and red-purple that are determinant, also a white one with a gray-light purple face that came from PA as a gift and is now all over. Also a field pansey in white that is indeterminant. Apparently, that one is not native, but it fills in over the high maple tree roots in the front so we just let it grow as ground cover. They are an important part of our “ground cover” selections for areas where grass is either unwanted and/or impossible to grow and/or maintain. We love them.
    Also remember that we let them grow all over Walnut Grove Cemetery. I think you wrote about that several years ago.
    Hugs, Julie

  9. Hi, Philip! Wow! Thanks so much for the Wordsworth poem! I do remember those lines! Yes, oh why, oh why would we not continue to love and protect the beautiful little violet? It comes unbidden, free and giving! I hope you have them in your garden. :) Kathryn xoxo

  10. Oh, Julie, you have outdone yourself on generosity, to look all that up for us and pass along. Thank you!
    I did not recall that violets were one of the flowers you are cultivating in the Walnut Grove Cemetery, but it makes good sense. And you’ve confirmed for me that this would be an excellent solution for that patch of ground in my garden that gets too much water and too much shade (and too many Border Collies passing through) for grass to grow. So why not violets?? I have one white violet out front. It’s the only one. I haven’t seen all those other colors. I must pay closer attention how to cultivate these precious plants! I do collect viola seeds, so….Love, Kathryn xoxo

  11. Kathryn,

    I enjoyed reading your lovely facts and musings as well as seeing the wonderful photos. As a very young child in the western mountains of Virginia, I picked blue, pink and white violets from our lawn for my mother. Now, in Vermont, I have been pleasantly surprised by the violets which have volunteered in our back lawn and in my flower gardens. Thank you, Susan

  12. Welcome, Susan. I just added WSLF to my blogroll. Thank you. I love the thought of your picking white, pink and blue violets for your mother as a child. What a precious memory! Thank you for sharing. May children who follow do same. Kathryn xoxo

  13. I love wild violets and seem to spend an inordinate amount of time digging them up out of the lawn and planting them ‘safely’ elsewhere to prevent them getting killed off by the treatmnet to sort the moss lawn out!

  14. Hi, Liz! How wonderful to know someone is trying to rescue them, not wipe them out! I’d think they’d do well in the UK, as moisture seems to be one of their preferences. I don’t suppose you’d let them just win and have a lawn of violets?? (Does anyone reading this blog have a lawn of pure violets?? Let’s start a trend!)
    Kathryn xoxoo

  15. I’m a big fan of all sweet violets and I’m crazy about the scent. I sowed some in my garden and now they’re popping up here and there–a lovely surprise. My parma violets seem to have taken a hit this past year, however. I’m not sure if any of them will bloom. Boo-hoo!

  16. Hi, Claire! Now I’m curious about the differences between the ones we plant and the ones that plant themselves! I must dig in to this more! Thanks! Kathryn xoxo

  17. We are always happy to see our wild violets. What a boon to learn about the butterfly habitat aspect. Thank you!

  18. I enjoyed this celebration of violets and didn’t know they attracted the fritillary butterfly, just another added attraction for this excellent and often-overlooked flower. While violets are in disrepute now, they were the hot corsage flower in the early 1900s, through the 20s and were widely grown in greenhouses and out of them. It might be that some of those varieties in Julie’s area are escapees from cultivated violet stock. Or it might not. I have planted some of the cultivated varieties but wind up liking the wild V. odorata, in violet, the best.

  19. Good morning, Daffodil Planter! Welcome. I am so impressed that nearly everyone who has left comments, regardless of where they live, can boast of having wild violets in their gardens. It’s heartening. Hopefully this little post will give them some good pr. They are clearly beloved. Thanks! Kathryn xoxo

  20. Pomona Belvedere! What a Godsend you are to tell us so much about wild violets. Thank you so much!
    Yes, I do believe they were very popular at one time. You see them on old fashioned cards in the loveliest of contexts. And as Philip has pointed out they were the muse of poets. WHO decided they were to be wiped out? So sad. Let’s bring them back. Invitation here to take it upon ourselves to point out their beauty at every opportunity. Pact. :) Wild V. odorata it is! Thanks again. Kathryn xoxo

  21. I love our wild violets too. I can never understand gardeners who kill wildflowers. Thanks for bringing a sweet reminder of summer to our long winter. I have forced narcissus blooming in my kitchen only.

  22. Hi, Sarah, So glad to hear you have them, too. They are incredibly widespread and I wish I could tap into their memory bank and follow their journey from Europe and Asia through the hearts of (probably) women who thought to bring them to America and the lower large islands. Forced narcissus sounds fun. I will try! Thanks for the visit. Kathryn xoxo

  23. Honoring violets, February flower of the month … quite lovely, dear Kathryn. I have a similar photo posted of violets (poking through patio cracks) in the snow. But I must admit to having a love/hate relationship with these cuties. I love them candied, adorning desserts and tossed in spring salads but throughout the rest of the year (I’m afraid to share)!

  24. Good morning, Joey! It sounds as if you’ve found a lovely use for them and they are serving you well! Love, Kathryn xoxo

  25. I love your post about violets. When I was a little girl, they were my favorite flowers. They grew wild in our backyard in the hills of Fairfax. I had a tiny little doll that fit in the palm of my hand and I used to play with her among violets, pretending the delicate flowers and greenery were a mini-dollhouse of sorts.

  26. Hi, Kathlene! I LOVE this story! I can picture the whole thing! It speaks to the imagination of the child, and the beauty that is Marin. Lovely lovely image. So sweet. Thank you for sharing. Love, Kathryn xoxo

  27. I’m glad to see you write this. Although some think of the humble violet as pest, I haven’t found them so. In fact, if I don’t want them in a particular place, I pull them up. Love them when it’s chilly and nothing else is much blooming.~~Dee

  28. Hi, Dee! I do think they need to comeback. I’m quite sure they were interfering with someone’s pocketbook and got some bad press. Afterall, we don’t want an uninvited guest in our gardens, do we? It must be a WEED! :) How could something beautiful just show up unbidden?? :) For free! Glad you are a fan. Me, too. Kathryn xoxo

  29. I have recently discovered these wonderful little plants, and as a lover of all things living, I feel as if I have discovered a gem! There are several bunches in the field behind my home that I intend to transplant into my yard. I think they will be beautiful around a tree – near my butterfly bushes! My husband and I recently noticed that most of the plants we are enjoying now (early spring in NC) are plants that were given to us from others’ gardens. Volunteering perrenials are the best!! I love your site and appreciate hearing from others who want to protect, not destroy, our natural flora. God bless you all!

  30. Hi, Dee and welcome! Lovely comment. :) I did exactly the same thing–transplanted a bunch underneath my butterfly bush! Try it! You will be so pleased! Kathryn xoox

  31. when i grew up, we had fields of wild violets. i have tried to find violets like these to purchase, but have not had any luck.

    any idea how i might get some plants?

  32. Hi, jane monk, and welcome. I’m sorry. I haven’t a clue. But I am thinking these truly are a wild flower and unlikely to be found in a shop. Please note, as mentioned, what you will find are poisons to get rid of them. I’m afraid fans are going to need to find the wild variety and transplant. Good luck! Sounds like a fun task!
    Kathryn xoox

  33. I live in upstate New York, and the house that i just moved into in February has a side yard and part of the back full of violets. I am thrilled. I have made things from them as well, such as salads, vinegars and syrups. I am now wondering if I were cut the area they are in with the lawn mower if it would be detrimental to them. So far I am mowing around them, and allowing the space they occupy to grow very tall, and a few buttercups have sprouted along with some very beautiful little purple flower ground cover. My gut is telling me that a mowing or two won’t hurt them but may help. Not sure. If anyone is please post!! Loving all these violets and her friends.

  34. Hi, Andrea! Welcome! I think your gut is telling you the right thing. I mow the ones in the front of the house, as they grow in and among grasses that will grow too tall otherwise, and they always come back. How lucky to have buttercups, too! Enjoy! Kathryn xoxo

  35. Hi – I’ve got a question regarding this flower. I live in Eastern Colorado, which is a high, water-starved, low humidity place with clay soil and little that grows here willingly (though I have had success with raised beds for vegetable gardening). Most of the posts here seem to be by people in areas of the country where there is adequate moisture for growing real viola odorata (no the Johnny Jumpp-Ups or violas, which do fine here until June, when the searing heat makes them bolt). I splurged this year and bought 5 violetplants from a place in Wisconsin, and kept them in a planter of rich soil all summer and into fall. I did not get any flowers, but I wasn’t expecting any the first year.) I’d intended to plant them on the north side of our potting shed, where we have a drip line to a row of aspen trees and where it gets adequate shade thanks to a willow tree next to the shed. However, we had a sudden frost and I decided to bring the plant indoors into the house (68 degrees) to avoid losing it. Now it appears that the foliage is dying back, despite watering. I’d hate to lose it and I wonder if I should transfer it to the garage, where there is less light, but where the temps are cooler, yet above freezing. I’d like to keep them alive so that I can transplant them under the willow next spring. Any ideas? I can’t actually find anyone in the area that knows anything about sweet violets, since they’re pretty rare here in the Centennial State. Thanks in advance!

  36. Hi, CJ! All I can say is that it freezes here and they do just fine. I don’t know how much freezing they can take. I would definitely take them out of the house. They seem to like the wet and cold. Think pansy. I’d probably chance it if I were you, though it’s rather late to TRANSPLANT. Can you just put them where you ultimately want them in the container they are in and then transplant in spring? Pansies did fine in NC in full snow. They have to be similar, wouldn’t you think? GOOD LUCK! Kathryn xoox

  37. I love wild violets. As a child, I would spend HOURS picking these from the grass. A neighbor (and good friend of the family) had a willow tree (in the burbs of Philly) and under this particular tree grew white/purple LONG STEMMED wild violets. Gosh I loved it when they were in bloom. I couldn’t wait to pick them for my mother. Naturally, I would be “found out” under the tree and this neighbor (Auntie Anne) would ALWAYS catch me and ask if I was picking these for her… and of course, I would say yes. Sigh. They are so beautiful and it sure would take a lot of picking to create the massive bouquet I would bring home to my mother… ;-)

  38. Good morning, Nancy! This is a lovely story. :) Someone once gave me a bouquet of long stemmed violets for Christmas and I’ve always wondered about them as it’s the only time I ever saw them. The violets are in blossom at the moment, so this is a timely post. Thank you! Kathryn xoxo

  39. When I was 9 or 10 our neighbor had a section of her yard that was closed off with a tall, wooden fence where I was allowed to go whenever I wanted. The space was about 5′ x 5′ and inside that space was an old log and nothing else but violets. I would sit on the log and pick violets with no conception of time. The white fence, the green leaves and the hundreds of small purple flowers were the only thing I could see. It was my favorite place in the world (and probably still is.) I know it’s the only place I have ever felt completely relaxed. I would give anything to have a place like that again but wild violets aren’t known to grow well in TX. Since I’m in Austin I might have a better chance – now I just have to find a few to start with. :-)

  40. Hi, LJ, This is a lovely story and I’m glad you shared it. It seems so many of us have fond childhood memories associated with this flower. I hope you are able to grow them in Austin. We could explore if I might send you a few of mine. I can check w/ agriculture dept. and ask if it’s OK. Why not?? Kathryn xoxo

  41. Thank you, Kathryn! That is a very kind offer! From all the research I have done (I’m also going to take a whack at growing purple lilac bushes) it appears the only state that requires inspection of incoming plants is CA. I would be willing to take as many as you would like to send. We are having a house built that will be done at the end of June. I wanted to at least have them in a big container for the patio by then (I tend to be a little impatient.) Please feel free to email me at [...] and we can talk more about it. (You don’t happen to also have any lily of the valley plants laying around you don’t want, do you? ) LOL!

  42. Hi, LJ, I will check with Agriculture this week and get back to you. Btw, I don’t think wild violets want to be in containers. I think they want a place to spread. And they will. I’d take advantage of that handy fact, if you have the right place. I can’t send more than a couple, but they will duplicate themselves and you can work on patience. :) LOL! Kathryn xoxo

  43. I’m sure they prefer to spread rather than live in a pot… but *will* they live in a pot if you have no other alternative? I have a balcony, that’s all…

  44. Hi, Tess, I’d say yes. They are very hardy and I’m sure they would take up residence anywhere they might find themselves. Lots of info on the Net about what to grow on a balcony, btw. There are gardening bloggers specifically writing about that. Have fun! Kathryn xoxo

  45. Thank you for this post about the violet. Oh how I loved when they bloomed at my childhood home. We had both the purple and white ones. My dad knew how much I loved them, so he made every effort he could to mow around them. That wasn’t always easy, as they were quite prevalent in our lawn.

    That was Iowa. I’ve lived in NY for over 25 years now, and nary a wild violet have I seen. They’re treated like weeds here. How unfortunate. I’d love to be able to find some–even seeds–and grow them in a pot.

  46. Good morning, Ida. Apparently there is such a love for this plant one would think that more nurseries would carry them. Perhaps you could call around? Since you are mentioning they are “treated like weeds” in NY (and I’ve heard this before from East Coast folks) maybe a landscape person could guide you to some? Best of luck. I bet you can find some! It sounds like a worthy hunt! Kathryn xoxo

  47. I love wild violets. I have a huge patch of them in our yard. When they bloom they create a sea of purple. They are my favorite flower. They remind me of my mom (she’s 86 now) who used to bring a bouquet of violets to my office from her yard every spring. I count myself lucky for having violets in my yard.

  48. Hi, Kathy, You are in good company. There is truly this amazing nostalgia for these plants. I love them, too. Glad you have them in your yard! Kathryn xoxo

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  51. I stumbled upon this blog,and it just wonderful. Violets make me think of my Mother who has been gone for almost 5 years. When I was a little girl, we would vist my Great Aunt Nan in Lanham Md. She would always give my Mother white violets, which were very special. We planted them all over our gardens. There one of the most precious gifts for God. Why would anyone try to kill them.

  52. Welcome, Joan. This post has charmingly become the gathering site for all the Wild Violet Lovers out there. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. White violets are, indeed, very special. Kathryn xoxo

  53. Quite frankly, I despise wild violets. They will completely take over my backyard lawn if I’m not diligent about digging them out!

  54. Hi, Kathryn. Welcome! They have their place and they have their non-place. I have to pull them up in certain areas, and other areas they are free to spread. :) You are certainly not alone! :) Kathryn xoxo

  55. I found this blog while researching wild violets. they are so prevalent in my front yard (KY) that I decided to let them take over as a groundcover and am pulling out all the bluegrass.
    But I would like to know if they stay small. or do they grow larger over the years?

    marilyn

  56. Hi, Marilyn and welcome! My experience is that some of them will get about a foot high. However, I also have a patch along one edge of lawn that I regularly mow, and it simply comes back. So I’d experiment. My guess is that if you periodically went over it with a lawnmower set at a fairly high standard you’d have a good cover crop that needs a LOT less care than a lawn (including water) and would provide great beauty part of the year. Good luck!

  57. Hi Kathryn – like your pictures. I love the old-fashioned violets here at my grandfather’s house. (Northern Calif foothills.) I posted about them a few years ago.

    http://wrwcolors.blogspot.com/2008/03/violets-with-scent-as-strong-as-wine.html

    The reason I wanted to post here is to tell you that in my flowering lawn I also have Little Gem narcissus, the most beautifully shaped miniature daffodil I know. It blooms very early, and makes a lovely bouquet with the violets.

    My violets are often kind of short-stemmed, because of mowing by the jackrabbits, but I can usually find some to pick.

  58. Hi, MIna, and welcome! Loved your violet post. Thank you for sharing. Nice that the bunnies keep your violets trimmed back for you! Kathryn xoox

  59. I had wild violets growing in my yard in Las Vegas for about 30 years. The heat
    got to them about 3 years ago and killed them all. I only brought 1 plant with me and it ended up filling up my whole flower bed. Fortunately I’m going to go to Pennsylvania and I’m going to go down by the river and dig up some plants to bring home with me. They are one of my favorites. I even had a friend at work who said they were one of her favorites so one morning I brought in a bouquet
    of them for her. It was really nice to make some ones day like that.

  60. Hi, Holly, and welcome! I’ve actually been wondering a) how much heat wild violets and can and b) how far they might progress once introduced. Yes, I know about the little bouquets. I took a violet bouquet to one of my dearest friends recently and she was SO touched! It was lovely. Kathryn xoxo

  61. I am also trying to find the small wild violet in purple. Does anyone know where I can purchase the seeds?

  62. Hi, Mary, Not sure, but think the operative word here is “wild”. :) My experience is that people pass the plants themselves around. Good luck! Kathryn xoxo

  63. Thank you for a lovely post. I adore wild violets and came to this blog looking for a seed source for the very tiny violets that grow in early spring in fields. I want to plant them on my parents’ grave. No luck for a seed source though, so I’ll dig them up and replant: that is if the cemetery does not use herbicides.

    There is a wonderful haiku you’ll like:

    Seek on high bare trails
    sky reflecting violets
    mountain top jewels.

  64. Good morning, Dena, and welcome. Thank you so very much for that lovely haiku! I’ll tweet! Yes, just dig them up and transplant. They transplant well and I think it’s the best way. It’s a lovely tribute, and they will move around and survive lawncuttings, even! Good for you. Kathryn xoxo

  65. I cannot for some reason keep sweet violets alive – but! there are two yellow violets, which I used to have at my original home. I used to have there also a least most of the other purple violets plus a red-purple which I begged from a friend. Now I still have it along with some of the most basic blue violets. I have been in love with violets most of my adult life. Before that I lived in an apartment house, the apartment being on the fifth floor. Now! at last! a half acre to spend time planning and caring for not only violets, but as many wildflowers as I can find a place for!

  66. Someone asked if violets grow in clay soils. I live in a valley in the Cotswolds (UK) and have very thick clay (waterlogged in winter and cracked in dry weather) and at the moment have a splendid display of wild violets in my lawn: they’re dog violets rather than sweet violets.

    There was also a lady who planted violets in a pot with rich soil and was disappointed that they were not flourishing. It should be borne in mind that these are wild flowers and so they do not thrive in a rich environment – starve them! Also they do reappear after lawn mowing.

    I was highly amused when you congratulated a lady on having buttercups. Are they unusual in the US? Surely not – they are so prolific. Incidentally how do you feel abt daisies? I think a lawn full of daisies is beautiful but so many gardeners do their utmost to get rid of them.

  67. Welcome, Sally and thank you for sharing your violet stories! I have not had the pleasure of seeing a yellow violet! Congratulations on having a big space in which to create. Hope you will remember it’s not a blank canvas and to include a corridor consistent with whatever is outside those boundaries! Kathryn xoxo

  68. Hi, Patricia, Good to remind folks of the wild nature of wild violets and their appropriate needs! Lucky you to have so many. If we are thinking of the same post (probably so; I don’t recall two buttercup comments) I was helping someone in Pakistan ID buttercups he’d found and was not familiar with them. But I don’t recall seeing buttercups in Northern California. As for the daisies, I’m thinking you must mean the teeny ones, and I think they are charming in a lawn. Somewhere on this blog is a post about my refusal to cut a large rectangle of wild clover in my lawn, replete w/ photos! The more habitat we provide for bees, the better off we ALL are. :) Kathryn xoxo

  69. Several posts mentioned using the Wild violets in salads, or candied or some kind of edible item. I would like to know more about these types of things. I read some where they may be good in a natural healing sort of way but I can’t find which book of mine I saw it in. Can anyone help?

  70. I googled wild violets and your post came up. How do you get yours to bloom so much? Do they take a lot of sun. We just planted some, given from a friend. They are growing, but not many blooms. A few in the spring.

  71. Hi, Lori, It must be the soil, not sun. These violets get all manner of varying degrees of sun. I think they like some sun. I don’t think they’d do as well in pure shade. Good luck! Kathryn xoxo

  72. I found in my yard (in bloom in November-in N.C.) a plant looking like a wild violet…same leaf and growth pattern, single flower to a stalk. BUT the flowers is three narrow shaply pointed petals that are creamy off-white with faint violet colored lines. I know the wild violets and have often eaten them. So I tried chewing the leaf of this new find. It tastes much the same. I thought you may be able to tell me if this is of the viola genes.

  73. Hi, Brenda, and welcome. I have white violets in my yard, but have not seen with violet stripes. I wouldn’t know if your variety is from the same family. Best of luck in finding out. Kathryn xoxo

  74. will they grow back after being cut with a weed wackier?

  75. Hi, Eileen, and welcome. Yes, they will. I run over mine with my lawn mower weekly and they always come back. Once they are in, they are in. :) Enjoy! Kathryn xoxo

  76. At last, a group of people who enjoy wild violets rather than dedicated to eradicating them. Grass is so boring. I’m letting the violets take over the yard along with vinca and ajuga. No mowing, just evergreen loveliness!

  77. Hi, Brenda and welcome! Yep, you’ve found us! Wild violet lovers, every one! Your yard sounds lovely! Enjoy! Kathryn xoxo

  78. I just love wild violets and for the first time I have planted my very own. It is wonderful to see them growing and I just can’t wait for them to be more bushier around my lilly pillies. As a matter of fact there is an open day at our Council Nursery and I have ordered more violets to plant. I am so excited. They are one of the best groundcover plants and just like all who love wild violets on this site, it also brings back so many memories for me. I can’t think of anything more peaceful than a tranquil garden covered in wild violets – God’s blessings to us all.

  79. Good morning, Dorothy and welcome! Yes, you have found us–the Wild Violet Lovers! Enjoy! Kathryn xoxo

  80. Transplanted a couple of wild violets from my neighbours drive earlier in the year and now I am so pleased to see one of them flowering. Will collect the seeds to put in my lawn because I like to have wild flowers in my lawn and I think it is of benefit to the bees which seem to be struggling at the moment. For that reason I think people should be discouraged from using grass weed killers. Loved reading all the comments on your website from all the violet lovers. Dorothy x

  81. Hi, Dorothy 2, and welcome! Yes, you’ve found the Violet Lovers of the world here on Plant Whatever Brings You Joy! I’m glad you’ve found a source and are enjoying them. Putting them in the lawn is a wonderful idea! Kathryn xoxo

  82. I’ve just stumbled across this post while searching for plants that would be able to live among my wild violets. I do, in fact, have a lawn full of violets. It looks rather sad, though, in the fall and early spring, with only bits of violet root sticking up.

  83. Hi, Deanne, That would be challenging. Mine grow within the lawn. There is so much emphasis on ridding gardens of lawns I bet you will find a nice ground cover recommendation. Good luck! Kathryn xoxo

  84. Where can I buy seeds for Violets, violet & white violets or plants that are real violets. No one near me in NY knows what I am talking about.
    Thanks

  85. Hi, Walter, If I were looking for violets I’d probably look at my local nursery, as, at very least, you can probably find hybrids, which are lovely. My second choice would be finding nurseries online who sell them. I have no idea how to find wild violets. I have an overabundance here in N. CA. They make themselves at home. I can’t verify how current this information is, but the American Violet Society lists resources here: http://americanvioletsociety.org/Resources/Plants.htm Good luck! Kathryn xox

  86. I didn’t realize how many people were “anti-Violet” until I was searching the internet trying to find a way to get the weeds out of our Wild Violet patch. I’m glad I found your lovely website. These little green burrs we always called “Stick-tights”, and Virginia Creepers seem to flourish amongst them, and it’s hard to pull the weeds without walking all over the Violets. (20 ft. by 20 ft.) For a couple days after weeding, I have a sore back and trampled Violets. I would appreciate any suggestions.

    Thank-you,
    Sam.

  87. Hi, Sam, and welcome to the Violet Lovers post. :) The only prescription I have for weed work is one of the lessons in my book, “When pulling up weeds, get the root.” :) Kathryn xoox

  88. In reply to Sam, continue to trample on your violets to pull out the unwanted plants, then step back and watch. Water if necessary. Violets are sturdy plants and will soon hide all signs of having been trampled.

  89. Hi, Ann, and welcome. So true! Violets are incredibly sturdy. Also they spread like heck. This will be welcomed by violet lovers, and spurned by those with other plans. ;) Kathryn xoxo

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