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PlantFiles: Arrow-leaved Violet, Arrowleaf Violet
Viola sagittata

Family: Violaceae (vy-oh-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viola (vy-OH-la) (Info)
Species: sagittata (saj-ih-TAY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Viola x abundans
Synonym:Viola x erratica
Synonym:Viola fimbriatula
Synonym:Viola sagittata var. ovata

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Unknown - Tell us

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant may be considered a protected species; check before digging or gathering seeds

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Mrs_Ed On Mar 30, 2011, Mrs_Ed from Whiteside County, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is one of the prime host plants for Regal Fritillary butterflies (and others).

Positive LadyAshleyR On May 14, 2009, LadyAshleyR from Oakland, MD wrote:

Very pretty. Grows wild all over my back yard.
Some people divide this flower into two species.
Arrow-leaved violet, and northern downy violet.
Sagittata lacks the hairiness of the leaves and stem which make fimbriatula distinguishable.


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

Oakland, Maryland
Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Hudson, New Hampshire

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