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Native Plant of the Week: Labrador Violet

Family: Violaceae

Name: Viola labradorica - Labrador Violet

Bloom Time: May-June

Flower: Violet

Soil Condition: Moist, Well Drained

Light: Partial Shade, Sun

Height: 1-3" tall by 6-12" wide

Native Range: Eastern North America including Long Island

Zone: 3 to 8

With its heart-shaped, deep green and purple foliage and adorable violet flowers, Viola labradorica is a great ground cover for small areas or in between stepping stones. Self sows readily in the garden. Main bloom time is in the spring but it will rebloom lightly in the fall. Seeds may be sown at any time in the garden.

Fun Facts: Young leaves and flower buds are edible, raw or cooked. Leaves may be used as a soup thickener like okra. Tea can also be made from leaves.

Maintenance: Deadhead to prolong bloom time but be sure to leave some to go to seed.

Benefits: host plant to Variegated Fritillary and Great Spangled Fritillary, tolerates drought, deer resistant, birds eat seeds, pollinators

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