I have always loved violets, and this spring I have something new blooming. No idea where it came from, but I really love it!
One other question, where, and when do I find seeds??
Thanks for any assistance,
Can Anyone ID??
Gorgeous photo! Not sure of the ID, there are so many of these small wild forms.
As far as seeds, keep an eye on the bulbous part at the back of the flower. These must produce seed quite easily as I find them all over my garden :)
Wish I lived closer to DesPlaines - Used to have these all the time in my garden In Ripon, Wisconsin - Had also blue and pure white (no color in center), yellow and even a red variety - Don't remember where that one came from. Most of them came from the woods somewhere - In Wisconsin we also had a "Birds Foot Violet" with large blue flowers and fringy leaves - It came from Waushara County where the soil is more sand than dirt but I did raise some of them in Ripon in the regular black soil and they also did very well.
I moved away from Wisconsin for several years and now I am back in Wisconsin and live in Oshkosh, Wisconsin - So far all I have found here is a tiny blue violet with rather round leaves and white centers growing in the lawn - dug some up and they are blooming well in the garden with my hens and chicks etc. Violets are beautiful for spring.
The last one with the speckles is definitely Viola sororia 'Freckles'.
The first one must be a cultivar of Viola odorata.
It should have a strong scent, at least the original wild specie has.
If the first one is like the ones I have there may be two different types of seed pods. The one where the flower forms and another that forms at the base with almost no stem. The bottom ones seem to have larger seeds. I let the plants spread themselves so I do not know if both are fertile.
Thanks for the input. Both have been thriving and spreading in my flower beds. The top one, much faster than the freckled one. In fact I have to dig out some of those in the top picture. I hate to compost them, but they have more than doubled, and I need that space for other things.
Momcat, your violet with the solid blue center is viola priceana, or Confederate violet. I love them, but they're very invasive. As Bonitin states, the spotted variety is v. sororia "Freckles".
Wild violets are so intriguing, and so much fun! Do you have any yellow ones in your area of the country? I'm looking for halberd-leaved violet, v. hastata.
It could be Confederate Violet (Viola sororia f. priceana) wild here and grow every where...
they differ some in the amount of color check it out.