Viola labradorica Labrador Violet



Viola labradorica has bronze-purple foliage and violet purple flowers from May to September. A low-growing spreader it can be used as a ground cover. It self sows and sends out runners. Viola labradorica is semi-evergreen to evergreen. It is a host plant for Fritillary Butterfly caterpillars.

Viola labradorica is native to the eastern third of the United States, north into Canada and Greenland. It is naturally found in moist or swampy deciduous woodlands, and moist meadows in wooded areas.

Viola labradorica prefers dappled or partial to full shade and average to moist, well-drained soils. It will tolerate dry conditions once established. This is an aggressive Viola that should be sited with caution. It spreads by runners and it self-sows when its seed capsules open explosively.

Viola is a rather dainty family of low-growing plants with perky colorful flowers. Viola is said to symbolize faithfulness.


  • Common Names: Labrador Violet, Alpine Violet
  • Zones: 2-8
  • Light Requirements: Part Sun to Part Shade
  • Soil Preference: Well-drained to moist
  • Height at Maturity: 6
  • Width at Maturity: 12
  • Bloom Color: Purple
  • Bloom Time: Spring to early fall

Special Features

  • Attracts: Butterflies.
  • Tolerates: Deer. Drought.
  • Other Features: Evergreen. Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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