Woolly Blue Violet, Sister Violet
Viola sororia 'Freckles'

Family: Violaceae (vy-oh-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Viola (vy-OH-la) (Info)
Species: sororia (so-ROR-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Freckles
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Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Groundcovers

Perennials

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Caseyville, Illinois

Des Plaines, Illinois

Durham, Maine

Spencer, Massachusetts

South Lyon, Michigan

Auburn, New Hampshire

Frenchtown, New Jersey

Manasquan, New Jersey

Clinton, New York

Bessemer City, North Carolina

Williamsburg, Ohio

The Dalles, Oregon

Columbia, South Carolina

Essex Junction, Vermont

Blacksburg, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Mukwonago, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jun 30, 2009, audrebytes from South Lyon, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

i have mine growing in full sun, and they do just fine. they self-sow around my driveway all the time and the heat from the black asphalt is intense but they stick it out and keep reseeding.

they also grow in partial shade, and do a bit better with lusher flowers with bigger petals. in too much heat, the flowers get really small but still, the hardy plant does it's best to put on a show.

even after the blooms, i love the small mounds of dark green leaves.

overall, i'm quite happy to have them show up where they will anyplace in my garden.

Positive

On Sep 30, 2006, raydio from Bessemer City, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love the way they self-seed so abundantly though this is one thing some people have against it.

I like the white ones with the blue face and the one named 'Freckles' best.

Note: If you are trying to control their spread (they will fling their seed quite a distance!) along with dead-heading in the spring, be sure to check again in Autumn when the cleistogamous seeds emerge under the leaves.

Neutral

On Oct 17, 2002, Baa wrote:

A pretty little Viola sororia bearing white flowers splashed and streaked with violet-blue.

Loves a well drained, humus rich soil in light to full shade.

Spreads and self-seeds abundantly where happy.