All violets are not the same

Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

I have always loved violets. As children we picked them for our mother for May baskets and May altars. I always mean to acquire some so I can pick and use a glass shot glass as a vase, as we did long ago. But my friend has these crazy violets, no flower, from hades. I have been helping her in her yard and these crazy things are everywhere and do nothing but invade. What is the violet I like and what is the violet I don't like?

Silver Lake, OH(Zone 5b)

My wild Violets only bloom once and then they are just green stuff you probably mow over, at least that is what happens in my yard. For a little while every spring I have 2 or 3 varieties - "Confederate" that are sort of blue and gray and the rest are purple and not as fragrant as my childhood friends (we had a special tiny class for them, too and Mom would take us on excursions to pick violets).

Here's a link that may help you - the Violet Society

And my back yard...

Thumbnail by Janiejoy
Vancouver, WA(Zone 8a)

Thank you Janiej. I will visit that violet site. You know, I was thinking, and maybe these things are not violets. The leaves look like em but they do not flower at all. I will check it out. thanks again.

Cincinnati (Anderson, OH(Zone 6a)

Janiei-- I love the pic of your yard and would like mine to look like that.

Did you plant the violets or did they just 'invade'?

Summerville, SC(Zone 8a)

When I lived in High Springs Florida, there was a woods that was wall to wall wild violets. When I visited the woods, I would bring home and transplant bunches into my yard and always kept an eye out for seeds. I haven't seen any wild violets since I left North Central Florida. I miss them.


Summerville, SC(Zone 8a)

I'd like to add, that if anyone has them growing wild near them, I'd love to have some seeds!


Emmaus, PA(Zone 6a)

Janiejoy... i really like the violets in your yard... so much better then a lawn...
Now you have me thinking...
Maybe i could fill the dead spots of my lawn with violet seeds?
I know the typical heart shaped violet may be considered invasive... but it sure would beat having a lawn to care for....and it would look nicer too!

Im going to look for violet seeds and maybe place an order .

Aurora, CO(Zone 5a)

When I was a kid in Illinois, we had purple violets in our lawn. They'd gradually spread, but in the ten years I lived in that house they never took over. And they were pretty. I enjoyed them.

Grand Rapids, MI(Zone 5a)

Just happened upon this thread. I have lived in my home for 35 years, and am an avid gardener, so I am always moving plants around. I am plagued with violets everywhere. I weed them out of my gardens, but I have pretty much let them alone in the lawn. They just bloom once in the spring, then it is just green leaves. I wouldn't mind if there were a few yellow violets, but mine are all purple.

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