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Viola sororia 'Priceana'

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

One vendor has this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive melody On Apr 8, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

These covered the ground at my Grandmother's old Victorian home. They were so thick that you could not see the grass.

A beautiful reminder of her lovely gardens.

They spread with abandon and are hard to keep in check...but, as I have a yard as opposed to a lawn, they are welcome to pop up wherever they choose.

The blooms are edible, and rich in vitamin C...more than the same weight of oranges. They are dipped in eggwhites and covered in sugar to make 'candied violets' used to decorate pastries.

The leaves can be boiled and eaten as 'spring greens', but care should be taken to check your tolerance for these...they can have a laxative effect on some folks.

Positive bfroberts On Aug 1, 2004, bfroberts from Mount Olive, NC wrote:

I LOVE this plant. Just discovered it this season when I spotted a gallon pot marked down at Lowes because it was looking a little raggedy. I bought it, plopped it down in poor, hard, dry soil in full shade and in one month it has at least doubled in size. It is full of dainty violet/white blooms. I am so impressed with this plant that I just bought another today. With this growth rate I can see where it may be invasive if conditions are right, but it stays compact as it spreads, doesn't seem to sprawl, and it looks like division would be simple and definitely worthwhile. Highly recommend this speciman for your shade or woodland garden. Would make an excellent groundcover under trees.


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

Ellendale, Delaware
Jacksonville, Florida
Derby, Kansas
Benton, Kentucky
Livonia, Michigan
Mathiston, Mississippi
Auburn, New Hampshire
Frenchtown, New Jersey
Tonawanda, New York
Mount Olive, North Carolina
Fremont, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Norman, Oklahoma
Reading, Pennsylvania
York, Pennsylvania
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Middleton, Tennessee

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