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Common Dog Violet (Viola riviniana)


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The name 'dog' comes from the fact the plant is unscented and was seen as inferior to the scented violets. This plant flowers March to May and often again August to October but without petals. The flowers are blue-violet with strong purple veins on the lower petals. The flowers arise round a central leaf rosette. The leaves are long stalked with 2 narrow stipules with wavy fringes at the stalk base. It is common in woods, hedges and banks and likes shade. Picture taken 1st April near Stevington, Bedfordshire. For more pictures of Dog Violets - see March's album.

1st Apr 2006 by Diane Earl

Biology, Science

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