Native Plant of the Month: Evergreen Violet

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Evergreen Violet – Viola sempervirens
Striking and small, the evergreen violet often goes unnoticed. This tiny plant loves to grow very low to the ground usually only 2-3 inches high. The petals range from only 7 to 10 millimeters long; that’s not even half an inch.
 
Don’t be misled by this flower’s name, it is not predominantly lavender- or violet-colored. The genus Viola, that contains violets and pansies, is in the Violaceae family which consists of 806 different species. Viola sempervirens does, though, have purple veins in its lemon-colored petals. Its delicate-looking leaves make great groundcover in coniferous forests. This is a flower we look forward to seeing early in the spring, but we may have to take a second glance!


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