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Viola labradorica

Common Name:
Labrador violet
Plant Type:
Evergreen perennial
Violaceae (The Violet Family)
Geographic Origin:
Eastern United States
California Native?:
Plant Size:
To 3 inches high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
ground cover
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Regular to moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
This plant makes broad, spreading mats, with heavily purple tinged leaves and small purple flowers. It blooms most of the year for us. It is a nice carpeting perennial for shady spots, though it can invade adjacent plants by seeds and stolons.