Which viola is this?

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Mark McD
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Here's a cute little violet species that I took photos of in a graveyard in Templeton, MA (central Massachusetts) back in May 2011.  The graveyard had beautiful swathes of Phlox subulata, wide attractive patches of a short-stemmed dioecious Antennaria in both male and female forms, and just a few individuals of this little rosette-shaped viola.  Anyone know what violet species it is?

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
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Hoy
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Can't help you Mark! The most similar species I am familiar with is this one, Viola rupestris:

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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McDonough wrote:

Here's a cute little violet species that I took photos of in a graveyard in Templeton, MA (central Massachusetts) back in May 2011.  The graveyard had beautiful swathes of Phlox subulata, wide attractive patches of a short-stemmed dioecious Antennaria in both male and female forms, and just a few individuals of this little rosette-shaped viola.  Anyone know what violet species it is?

Looks like V. fimbriatula, Ovate-leaved Violet. It's a lovely plant - blooms again in the Fall, here, and never spreads. It likes rock garden conditions, too! Full sun and good drainage and it's happy.

Gardening on a wooded rocky ridge in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Cold winters (-30C) and hot, humid summers. Nuts about native plants, ferns, pottery, my family, and Border Collies.

Mark McD
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Lis wrote:

Looks like V. fimbriatula, Ovate-leaved Violet. It's a lovely plant - blooms again in the Fall, here, and never spreads. It likes rock garden conditions, too! Full sun and good drainage and it's happy.

Thanks Lis, you know your violets!  I'll go look up that species in Klaber's book and my old but revered monographs on American Viola by Erza Brainerd, it's obvious that I don't study the books enough!  Glad to hear this one is not invasive for you.  Maybe next spring when I visit Karen Perkin's Garden Vision Epimediums nursery in Templeton MA, I'll see if I can find a small seedling or two to try.

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

Lori S.
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Thanks, everyone, for all the information.  I intended to check on the stem/leaf arrangement (as per Lis' and Hoy's advice) but unfortunately, it will have to wait for spring now, as the plant was pretty much stomped into oblivion by the efforts to cut down and eventually remove some old roses in that area.  I have the sense that it is likely V. odorata, though, as Lis suggested, from the general look of it (both stems and leaf shape) and will try to confirm it in spring.

Lori
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - Zone 3
-30 C to +30 C (rarely!); elevation ~1130m; annual precipitation ~40 cm

Hoy
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If it is Viola odorata certainly you will know for sure in spring when it blooms ;) Here V. odorata is the very first violet to flower and no other has a scent like it! Later most of the flowers are cleistogamous.

Trond
Rogaland, Norway - with cool, often rainy summers  (29C max) and mild, often rainy winters (180 cm/year)!

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