Which viola is this?

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Mark McD
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Lis wrote:

Looks like V. fimbriatula, Ovate-leaved Violet. It's a lovely plant - blooms again in the Fall, here, and never spreads. It likes rock garden conditions, too! Full sun and good drainage and it's happy.

Thanks Lis, you know your violets!  I'll go look up that species in Klaber's book and my old but revered monographs on American Viola by Erza Brainerd, it's obvious that I don't study the books enough!  Glad to hear this one is not invasive for you.  Maybe next spring when I visit Karen Perkin's Garden Vision Epimediums nursery in Templeton MA, I'll see if I can find a small seedling or two to try.

Mark McDonough Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5 antennaria at aol.com  

Lori S.
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Thanks, everyone, for all the information.  I intended to check on the stem/leaf arrangement (as per Lis' and Hoy's advice) but unfortunately, it will have to wait for spring now, as the plant was pretty much stomped into oblivion by the efforts to cut down and eventually remove some old roses in that area.  I have the sense that it is likely V. odorata, though, as Lis suggested, from the general look of it (both stems and leaf shape) and will try to confirm it in spring.

Lori Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3 -30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

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If it is Viola odorata certainly you will know for sure in spring when it blooms ;) Here V. odorata is the very first violet to flower and no other has a scent like it! Later most of the flowers are cleistogamous.

Trond Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!


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