Viola, Woolly Blue Violet, Confederate Violet 'Priceana'

Viola sororia

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




Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

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


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

Brooklyn, New York

Middle Village, New York

Tonawanda, New York

Boone, North Carolina

Mount Olive, North Carolina

Fremont, Ohio

Glouster, Ohio

Norman, Oklahoma

Reading, Pennsylvania

York, Pennsylvania

Rock Hill, South Carolina

Middleton, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.