White Woodland Viola

White Woodland Viola
White Woodland Viola

These clean simple looking faces are among my favourite ones in the garden from Spring through the summer months. They are also known as Sweet White Violet and Viola Incognito and are attractive to bees, butterflies. Yes, they spread and can survive temperatures as low as -40° (both F and C) which is more than I can! They are certainly hated by precise, fussy, ‘just so’ gardeners with velvet striped lawns, who wish only to see displays of flora they have selected and planted. They definitely do not remain where they are put, but spread with delightful abandon. As I am a long way from that kind of a gardener, I enjoy their pure white faces with the pretty ‘whiskered’ blue and yellow pattern. If you look closely at them, it seems that the lines flow perfectly from petal to petal. I confess that I will remove them if they start to overwhelm some less hardy specimens, but generally I love to see them along the edge of the path and between the stones. I wish you all a lovely day, my friends. A Flower a Day #237

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6 Responses

  1. These sweet ones are shade lovers which, I guess, explains why they are wearing those quaker bonnets with the wide brims, definitely designed to protect their blanched complexion from tanning. Free to roam, they blanket the forest floor with their heart-shaped leaves and sweet fragrant blooms, if you care to bend low to sample. Another great find, Ellie. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you Janet. Those are just like tiny bonnets, and they are truly sweet in every respect. Thanks for the lovely comment. XO

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  2. I love these little flowers with their intricate design. And I don’t mind that they pop up on lawns and wherever they wish. Are they also in a violet colour, or is that another flower?

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    1. No! You are quite right. they are also in violet, although the ones called White woodland violas are only white, as you might expect. Violas, violets, and pansies all belong to the same genus. So there are tiny violet ones and last year I shared a photo of one which is also called Johnny jump up. It was a purple, yellow and white colour as I recall. Today I photographed a tiny blue one. Thanks Lynne. XO

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  3. They are lovely little flowers. I agree they do spread everywhere. We have quite a few beside our garage now. But still they look like a nice carpet on your lawn. Thanks again for sharing

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