Jul. 26, 2018

dog violet, Viola labradorica

Rhode Island is the fourth state to pick violets as their state wildflower. They leave it up to us to select a species. Dog violets may be a little different than the common species that come so easily to mind. Their color is more delicate, but the plants are not. Dog violets have leafy stems. You can clearly see one here on the left. Those stems make identification relatively easy. Or not. This only recently became V. labradorica. Previously southern plants were V. canina, with V. labradorica growing in more severe northern or alpine climates. V. labradorica stems are sometimes so short that they are very difficult to find. As now recognized, dog violets grow in AL, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IL(T), IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, LB, MB, NB, NF, NS, NT, ON, PE, QC, SK(E), GL, and on SPM. Lenawee Co MI, 5/1/11.