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Plant Details

Viola canadensis var. canadensis

Tall White Violet, Canada Violet

Scientific Name:

Viola canadensis var. canadensis

Common Name:

Tall White Violet, Canada Violet

Plant Family

Violaceae (Violet Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Type:

Herb/Wildflower

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

8 to 16 in

Light:

shade, part-sun

Soil Moisture:

mesic(*)

Bloom Time:

April to July

Bloom Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Rich cove forests, other rich mesic situations, such as floodplains. Common in NC Mountains, rare in Piedmont.

State Rank:

No NC Rank Listed (*)

Global Rank:

No Global Rank listed (*)

State Status:

No NC Status Listed (*)

Federal Status:

No U.S. Status Listed (*)

Notes:

Prefers cool shade - somewhat weedy, vigorous spreading through seeds and rhizomes.

Var. canadensis is the only variety of this species in NC.

Canadian White Violet plant

Canadian White Violet is the only violet in our area that has a white flower and a leafy stem (caulescent). The flowers turn a pink-purple as they age.

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Paynter, early May, 2011

Flower close up

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NC State Extension
Flora of North America
Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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