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The White Violet, Viola canadensis, is a small perennial flower that attract a small amount of wildlife. These lovely flowers are great for any garden.
USDA Climate Zone: 3 - 6
Soil Type: Moist to Moderately Moist Soils
Sun: Light Shade to Partial Sun
White Violets are a plant native to much of North America, from Canada and Minnesota to Tennessee, Georgia, Maryland and beyond.
Native plants are an excellent option for the busy home gardener, as they have spent millennia adapting to the climates and soils of their native habitat and are, therefore, quite easy to grow. The white violet thrives in moist, shady areas where many flowering plants struggle and it will multiply freely to cover a large area quickly. Geranium maculatum or the Wild Geranium develops in dry to wet woods. It is a lasting herbaceous plant extending to 60 cm tall, delivering upright generally unbranched stems and blooms in spring. The rhizomes are secured with scars, demonstrating the remaining parts of stems of earlier years development. Unlike its purple cousin, its white blooms provide a showier display in these areas of low light, where purples tend to disappear into the shadows. It will be among the first blooms to appear in spring when the gardener's heart is yearning for flowers in their landscape and it will continue to bloom through early summer.
The violet has a long and storied history, playing a part in several Greek myths and legends associated with the Virgin Mary. Since ancient times, the violet was considered a symbol of love, good luck, and faithfulness.
The White Violet blooms and leaves are edible, although the consumption of the leaves should be limited to a handful a day.
Two leaves provide the daily requirement of Vitamin C and a generous dose of Vitamin A. The leaves contain salicylic acid, the main ingredient in aspirin and so, it is useful to relieve pain and has even long been used to shrink tumors. Herbalist John Gerard (1545-1612) wrote: “It can ease inflammation, soreness of the throat and comforteth the heart, ease the pains of the head, and causeth sleep.”
The blossoms can even be made into a delicious jelly or syrup or added to brandy for flavor. This is definitely a plant that you don't want to omit from your home garden.
White Violets ship as bulbs.
ReviewsStan HolmesI bought one plant, and he arrived in excellent condition. He arrived May 1st, and I planted him eight away. May 7th he already has two little sorry looking leaves, and one little heart shaped one. I am very happy with how quickly he is adjusting to his new home. Can't wait to see what he looks like at the end of the month.Julie A Gloden
White VioletsThey arrive in good condition and are now in the ground. I'm hopeful they will do well. I am very satisfied with the promptness of filling and shipping my order. I look forward to ordering more items in the future.Jeremy Wells
Originally listed as "sweet white violet"This plant was originally listed as a "sweet white violet" (technically Viola blanda), but is actually Canadian white violet (Viola canadensis). I placed the order thinking that I was getting Viola blanda, but should have paid more attention when I realized that my emailed order confirmation said "white violet". Regardless, although I would have preferred Viola blanda, Viola canadensis is OK. The plants arrived in relatively decent shape (bare root) and are currently growing just fine.Bobbye Larson
Hard to findWhite violets are my favorite flower in the world, and they are very hard to find. I live in northern Minnesota, and these flowers thrive here. They multiply and spread, and are totally care-free.
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