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Wood Dog Violet

Viola reichenbachiana

Plant Data

Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Violaceae (Violet)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Five irregular-shaped violet-coloured petals with the lower one spurred. The flowers are solitary and nodding. The Common Dog Violet has smaller and paler flowers and a creamy-coloured spur. The Wood Dog Violet flower has a purple to violet-coloured spur making this flower easy to distinguish. The 5 sepals are pointed, as with other Dog Violet species. 5 stamens.
Fruit:
An egg-shaped, 3 lobed capsule.
Leaves:
The basal leaves are arranged in a rosette at ground level. The stem leaves are alternate and stalked. The leaves are heart-shaped with round-toothed edges. Also, the leaves are slightly longer than broad.
Maximum Size:
15cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves, flowers and flower buds can all be eaten raw or cooked. A tea can be made from the leaves.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Not scented.
Other Names:
Early Dog Violet, Pale Wood Violet, Slender Wood Violet.
Habitats:
Hedgerows, roadsides, woodland.