SOLVED: Unknown Wild Violet

Marietta, GA(Zone 7a)

I have been nurturing this plant for several years and would like to try to cross it with other violets. Does anyone have a botanical name for this one?

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Violas can be very difficult to ID from photos, especially from the flowers, as many are so similar unless you're a real expert. Anyway, I have a feeling from the leaves that this is Sweet Violet - Viola odorata

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Cedar Key, FL(Zone 9a)

if you want more I rip them out of my gardens by the tons....although I do have one sport that is variegated,that one stays......


Variegated V. odorata? Wow any chance of a picture?

Cedar Key, FL(Zone 9a)

Here's a picture from a few years ago......

It gets bigger every year and some of the leaves are really variegated nicely
Who knows it could be a virus but it hasn't affected any around it.....


I think it might be worth getting in touch with the American Viola Society to see if this is a virus or cultivar/variety

Cedar Key, FL(Zone 9a)

What would I say to them?
hey look at this weed I got growing,is it real?LOL

Seriously ,what would I say?
Can you check this out? is this a virus or a sport?

It is growing out of a regular green one,it blooms I think,but I've never tried the seeds

Cedar Key, FL(Zone 9a)

OK,I wrote to them and sent a the address for questions and that the right place....????


Sorry I missed this, I went off to see my mom. Yeah sounds good to me. I write off to a bundle of hortics each year when I have a question, I don't know any of them but most are usually very helpful.

If you don't get an answer let me know and I'll try a couple of Viola growers here if you like

Cedar Key, FL(Zone 9a)

OK,thanks Baa

Cedar Key, FL(Zone 9a)

Well,its been a week and I haven't heard from the place I wrote to.Baa,if you know someone let me know

CC I've sent out an email today and will hopefully get a reply soon for you :)

Cedar Key, FL(Zone 9a)

thank you Baa......

I figured it was nothing since no one ever answered my original post.......

Valley Village, CA

Usually at Botanical Gardens, they are so busy, understaffed and underpaid, they don't have time to blow their noses. I volunteer at one of these places, perhaps you could send them a leaf and a pressed flower for them to identify, then maybe they would take the time. There are many named culitavars.They are of the family of Violaceae, unless they have changed the name recently. Be sure to take the time to smell their flowers. Norma

Mysore, India(Zone 10a)


Chardon, OH(Zone 5a)

Vroomp, where are you located? Is this a wild violet from a natural area or from close to someone's landscaping? Viola odorata is not native and if found out in the woods in the U.S., it's not likely. It could be common blue violet, Viola sororia or marsh blue violet, Viola palustris. If it's a possibility in your area, I can tell you how to tell them apart, but you'll need a hand lens.

It could very easily be V. sororia, as you say Dawn, for some identification of Violets you need a lens.

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