Common Dog-violet, Viola riviniana Family: Violaceae
Viola riviniana     *     Common Dog-violet

Flowering time: March-May, sometimes again August-October. Perennial

Habitat: Common throughout Britain and Ireland in woods, among grassland and on banks and roadsides

Scentless violet-blue flowers with branched purple veins on lower petals and a notched, pale violet or whitish spur. Followed by 3-angled, 3-seeded fruit. Flowers on leafy shoots rising from a central leaf-rosette. Leaves are long-stalked, cordate (heart-shaped) with toothed stipules. Frequently hybridises with other violet species. Viola riviniana var.nemorosa has a dark-violet spur.

Similar: Early Dog-violet, V. reichenbachiana, straight, un-notched spur darker than the petals

Common Dog-violet, Viola riviniana

Common Dog-violet, Viola riviniana
Common Dog-violet, Viola riviniana
Dorset. May 2013

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