Wild Florida Photo - Viola palmata

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Viola palmata



Florida native


A perennial wildflower of sandhills and flatwoods throughout much of Florida, except for the central east coast and south peninsula. The range includes much of the eastern United States.
The leaves of this violet are all basal, on long stalks and palmately divided into three or more lobes. The flowers are blue to violet, often with white centers, with dark blue veins, and occasionally mostly white. The five petals are up to 2.5 cm (1 in.) across and are on long stalks. Early blue violets can also have self-pollinating flowers that do not open on reclining stalks. Flowering is in April and May through much of the range, but as early as March in Florida. The fruit is an ovoid, purple-brown mottled capsule containing brown seeds.

Viola palmata is a member of the Violaceae - Violet family.

Other species of the Viola genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Viola lanceolata - BOG WHITE VIOLET
  View  Viola sororia - COMMON BLUE VIOLET

Native Florida Plants

  Robert G. Haehle; Joan Brookwell
 Low Maintenance Landscaping and Gardening

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Native landscapes are easier to maintain, use less water and thrive without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Native Florida Plants describes every type of regional flora—-from seaside foliage and wildflowers to grassy meadows, shrubs, vines, and aquatic gardens—-in 301 profiles and accompanying color photographs.

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