Viola lanceolata

Plant Name Lance Leaved Violet or White Bog Violet
Scientific name Viola lanceolata
Family Violaceae
Location Freshwater bogs, swamps, wet meadows and along shores in sandy soil
Flowering Period May-June
Identifying Characteristics 10-15cm tall, lance-shaped leaves, 5 white petals- middle bottom petal has purple veins


  • Perennial plant
  • Grows 10-15 cm tall
  • Leaves are:
    • Narrow 2-6″ long, 1/4-3/4″ across
    • Lance-shaped
    • Smooth
    • Wider in the summer than the spring
  • Has white flowers
    • Bottom three petals typically have purple veins
    • Blooms for 3 weeks, from May-June
  • After blooming, flowers turn into green elliptical shaped fruit capsules about ¼in long containing many small, dark brown seeds


  • Habitat:
    • Freshwater bogs, swamps, wet meadows, and along sandy shores
    • Grows in sandy soil
    • Originates in North America, but can be found in many states across the US and Canada
    • Likes full sun and moist to wet conditions
  • Is considered an ornamental plant, and can be used in flower arrangements
  • Often hybridizes with the White Northern Violet (Viola macloskeyi) to form a combination plant, Primrose-leaved Violet (Viola primulifolia)

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