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Viola labradorica - Schrank.
                 
Common Name Labrador Violet, Alpine violet, Johnny Jump-Up, Alpine Violet
Family Violaceae
USDA hardiness 3-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Woods and grassy places[187].
Range North-eastern N. America - Labrador, south to the mountains of Maine, New Hampshire and New York.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: Blue, Purple. Main Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring. Form: Spreading or horizontal

Viola labradorica Labrador Violet, Alpine violet, Johnny Jump-Up,  Alpine Violet


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Viola labradorica Labrador Violet, Alpine violet, Johnny Jump-Up,  Alpine Violet
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Physical Characteristics
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Viola labradorica is an evergreen Perennial growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.3 m (1ft) at a fast rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 2 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from Apr to May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid and neutral soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Ground Cover;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves.
Edible Uses: Tea.

Young leaves and flower buds - raw or cooked[105]. A mild flavour, though the leaves soon become quite tough[K]. The leaves make a very acceptable addition to salads[K]. When added to soup they thicken it in much the same way as okra[85, 159]. A tea can be made from the leaves[85].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
A good ground cover plant, fast spreading but slow to thicken up and may need weeding for the first year or so[197]. Plants should be spaced about 30cm apart each way[208].
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border,Ground cover, Rock garden, Woodland garden. Cool moist well-drained humus-rich soil in partial or dappled shade and protection from scorching winds. Succeeds in dense shade[197]. Tolerates sandstone and limestone soils but becomes chlorotic if the pH is too high. Prefers a pH between 6 and 6.5. Hardy to about -25°c[187]. There are some named varieties selected for their ornamental value[200]. All members of this genus have more or less edible leaves and flower buds, though those species with yellow flowers can cause diarrhoea if eaten in large quantities[62, 85, 159]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, North American native, Naturalizing, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers.
Propagation
Seed - best sown in the autumn in a cold frame. Sow stored seed in early spring in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer. Division in the autumn or just after flowering. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions, though we have found that it is best to pot up smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a greenhouse or cold frame until they are growing away well. Plant them out in the summer or the following spring.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
Terence A Cox Sun Aug 23 2009
I have had this plant in my garden for many years initially in a group of alpine plants. however I am now finding these plants all over my garden and the only way I've found to control it is by using a weedkiller. No where can I found reference to the fact that the plant can be so invasive.
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