Oct. 18, 2017

cream violet, Viola striata

Here's another counterintuitive violet. Obviously because it's white? No, not just that. We see violets in the spring, and then don't think much about them until next year. But they keep busy, blooming through the summer and fall. They just don't care if we know about it. They produce self fertilizing flowers that never open. With this species in particular you can find some of those flowers at almost any time. It's a very successful strategy. The few I planted in one of my shade gardens have now, in effect, become a ground cover. Cream violet grows in woods in AL, AR, CT(S), DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, VA, WI, WV, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 5/5/11.