Common Dog-violet

Viola riviniana – Although unscented, these lovely little flowers have always popped up in my front garden during the spring. Many folk consider them to be a weed and pull them out. But I rather like them, and they never give me any bother, so I just leave them be. I have added a side view because that long slightly curved spur at the back helps in identification of violets that are similar. Double-click on images to enlarge.

Common Dog-violet Viola riviniana

Common Dog-violet Viola riviniana

© Peter Hillman ♦ 29th April 2020 ♦ Front garden, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200

22 thoughts on “Common Dog-violet

    1. I believe it is referenced ‘dog’ in relation to the fact it doesn’t have a scent and perhaps not worthy of a better name, which is a shame because they are lovely, thank you 🙂

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  1. I agree with Sandra: if only we had weeds that looked like that! They look like delightful flowers to have around.

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  2. I’ve long had a special fondness for violets and find myself attracted to them whenever I come across one. I’ve never tried to dig into formal identification though–I guess it’s about time to stop letting this sleeping dog lie.

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    1. Haha! 🙂 You would think they would be easy to id … but you have to look for little details you might not think of, not just in the leaves and the stems, or the flower itself … but the backside of the thing … which most people don’t even think to look at let alone photograph.

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  3. I think they look lovely and can’t believe anyone who loves nature and/or gardening would pull them out. I didn’t know about the spur in the back (as I’ve never looked). Thanks for sharing that 2nd photo.

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    1. I didn’t know about the spur myself until I came to identifying my violets. There are a couple very similar, and along with leaf shape, spur and sepals I was able to get a good id. Thank you, Vicki 🙂

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