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SOLVED: Mystery purple flower in my woods

Does anyone know what this is? It's growing in my woods - we seem to have a lot of them! I think it's a very pretty flower.


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Brewers, KY(Zone 6b)

dave, that is such a pretty little flower. It looks a little like our "wild voilets" that we have here. Lisa

Westbrook, ME(Zone 5a)

Yes dave - it's a violet. They're pretty but they can really spread like wild fire in the garden. Best to enjoy them in the woods. I learned my lesson the hard way!

Fredericksburg, VA(Zone 7a)

I agree with Lisa and ditto Poppysue's sentiments.

Here's a link with some more info:

Thanks ya'll. they are in the woods at the bottom of our farm, so they can take over that area down there all the way. :)


Palmyra, VA(Zone 7a)


At first I thought it was a marsh violet, but then noticed that the flowers are not above the leaves. Check out the common blue violet.

Common Blue Violet (Viola sororia) ??

Marsh Blue Violet (Viola cucullata)

Middle, TN(Zone 6b)

I made the mistake of bringing some home and now my whole yard and all of my beds are filled with the little darlings. I now have a daily battle with them and I am the one losing. They will spread like kudzu so dig up any you have andd get all the root or the easily spread little seeds will soon have you fighting the same battle I fight.

Kittanning, PA

You think they would survive in Zone 5? I have a wooded area behind my home and it's pretty bland, but too many pine trees to really do anything with it....wouldn't mind throwing some seeds down's gotta make it prettier than it is now.....if you want rid of some...let me know.

Panama, NY(Zone 5a)

singleyellow rose - they LOVE zone 5 - we just get the flowers in May rather than April. I have some seed and LOTS of zone 5 raised plants if you'd like some.

Kittanning, PA

I would love some seeds.... Are they a throw and grow or should i actually plant them? Let me know if you want to trade for something or want me to send SASE....
Thanks A Bunch,

Moorestown, NJ(Zone 7b)

Ya'll are talking about my all time favorite flower, the "sweet violet"......there's even an entire site dedicated to them: (click on hyperlink below to take you directly to the site)

The webmaster is a really nice guy from the UK and the editor of the journal lives in Baltimore MD and travels all over to different violet societies across the world.

Anyone who doesn't want these darlings, I'd be happy to take them off your hands. I don't care of they are invasive or me, that's heaven!

In case anyone is interested in seeing some of my collection of violet items, here's a link to an article that was written on some of my pieces.

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south central, WI(Zone 5a)

I also have loads of the violets (WI) both the purple and the white with purple throat.(Can't tell them apart, until first bloom) Let me know for SASE or trade. I love them, but they can take over in a small flower area. Marcia

Panama, NY(Zone 5a)

Patty - I use violets and Johnny-jump-ups for 'mulch' in two of my beds - I mean they're there, and you and always move them -- right??

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