Exposure: Full Sun - Full Shade Moisture: Medium Dry - Medium Wet Height: 6 Inches Bloom: April-May
Description: State flower of Illinois, and a favorite of TLC staff in their gardens. Freely self-seeding, this violet will spread readily and outcompete early spring weeds. It is a lovely groundcover and provides early nectar source for bees and other pollinators. Great for in between stepping stones as it can handle some foot traffic. Viola sororia is also one of the larval host plants for the Edward's Fritillary butterfly, Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly, the Coronis Fritillary butterfly, the Mormon Fritillary butterfly, and the Variegated Fritillary butterfly. Spring is the typical bloom time, but because of the early bloom time, it's not uncommon to see many Viola species bloom again in the early fall.