Where Do African Violets Grow In The Wild

Where can I locate wild violets?

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Wild violets are stunning when they are in bloom, but as the weather warms up, the blooms start to wilt and eventually die off in the summer heat. These blooms typically begin growing in shaded areas and, if the environment is favorable, expand to locations with more sunlight. Many people dislike this delicious plant since it may completely take over a lawn. In ideal growing conditions, they freely self-seed to the point of being weedy. This plant not only has edible qualities, but it also has a number of therapeutic ones.

Distinguishing Features

A native wildflower that prefers woodlands, thickets, and stream banks is the common wild violet. This perennial grows slowly and has heart-shaped leaves and big blue-violet blooms (sometimes yellow or white). Each blossom rises up a leafless stem on its own. The flower blooms between early spring and the beginning of summer, depending on where it is.


Despite being yellow and white, wild violets tend to be predominantly purple or blue in color. The flower is fairly hairy and has a white inside. Every blossom has a tiny droop. Early in the spring, flowers begin to blossom, and by the time it gets hot outside, the flowers have usually died off but the leaves have survived.


The palmate, alternating violet leaves have an oblong heart or kidney shape. There are no hairs on the leaf margin, which is serrated (toothed). They can expand to a width of anywhere between 13mm and 50mm.


Many regions in (central and eastern) Canada and the US are home to wild violets. Despite being in Europe, they are not as prevalent as they are in North America and the US. Australia is home to wild violets as well. Although they love moist, rich soils, they can grow in medium, well-drained soils. Although they can endure direct sunlight, they typically favor partial shade.

Edible Parts

Violets have edible flowers and leaves, with the leaves containing a lot of vitamins A and C. They can be cooked like greens or added to salads. The blooms can be candied, turned into jellies, or added to a salad.