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PlantFiles: Wild Violet
Hybanthus calycinus

Family: Violaceae (vy-oh-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hybanthus (hy-BAN-thus) (Info)
Species: calycinus (ka-LEE-kin-us) (Info)

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Katze On Jun 3, 2008, Katze from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

The former owners of our house planted this as a ground cover in a flower bed full of hostas and sedums and it works very well there.

They self-sow easily (think Johnny Jump Up), but not to the point where they force out other plants or grass. The flowers on the ones in our flower bed are plain white, but the ones that randomly appear in our grass and in our egress window well are light purple with delicate black lines inside (like the ones shown here). They seem to prefer cool (mostly 60-70 degree temps) and a good amount of rain; dryness and higher temps keep it well under control.

Neutral saintpaulia23 On May 30, 2008, saintpaulia23 from Wabash, IN wrote:

I'm in Indiana, and these are prolific and considered a weed because of it. I personally find them to be quite pretty and like sitting in a sea of them in the Spring, so they get a neutral overall.
They also make an excellent jelly, jam, syrup, liquor, and bath water.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Wabash, Indiana
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Saucier, Mississippi
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina

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