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Common Dog Violet

Viola riviniana

Please keep in mind that it is illegal to uproot a plant without the landowner's consent and care should be taken at all times not to damage wild plants. Wild plants should never be picked for pleasure and some plants are protected by law.

Plant Data

Order:
Malpighiales
Family:
Violaceae (Violet)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Purple, 5 petals
 
Violet, 5 overlapping petals. Its pointed sepals distinguish this flower from Sweet Violet and Hairy Violet. Its spur is curved, pale and notched at the end.
Fruit:
A smooth seed capsule with 3 valves.
Leaves:
Bright green, heart-shaped and long-stalked leaves. The leaves are alternate and stipules are present. The margins of the leaves are round-toothed (crenate).
Maximum Size:
12 centimetres tall
Aroma:
Scentless, unlike most Violets. As opposed to Sweet Violet, the name Dog supposedly means that it lacks fragrance, meaning it is only suitable for dogs.
Other Names:
Blue Mice, Blunt-spurred Violet, Common Violet, Cuckoo's Shoe, Shoes and Stockings, Wood Violet.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Habitats:
Cliffs, gardens, grassland, heathland, hedgerows, meadows, moorland, mountains, roadsides, rocks, seaside, woodland.