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Plant Details

Viola villosa

Southern Woolly Violet, Carolina Violet

Scientific Name:

Viola villosa

Common Name:

Southern Woolly Violet, Carolina Violet

Plant Family

Violaceae (Violet Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Perennial

Bloom Color(s):

violet, blue-violet

Light:

shade, part-sun

Bloom Time:

February, March, April

Bloom Area:

uncommon in Coast, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Pocosin ecotones, other sites with moist soils.  From Bruce Sorrie, habitat in Sandhills is “dry loamy sand soil of oak-hickory woods, pine-oak-sourwood slopes along sreamheads, and pea swales within longleaf pinelands.”

Flower

Woolly Violet is a mostly evergreen low-growing violet with early-blooming, small violet flowers. Pretty but easy to miss. Uncommon on the coast and in the piedmont area.

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Paynter, Wilmington, March 2014

Flower side view

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Paynter

Evergreen rosette of leaves

The leaves lie quite flat to the ground and have distinctive dark veins. They are densely pubescent above and below.

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Paynter

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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