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Early Dog Violet

Viola reichenbachiana

Also known as

Pale Wood Violet, Slender Wood Violet, Wood Dog Violet, Early dog violet, Violet

Viola reichenbachiana LC0128 by Jörg Hempel (CC BY-SA 2.0 de)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of some purple Viola reichenbachiana flowers
A close up of a purple Viola reichenbachiana flower
A photo of Early Dog Violet
A photo of Early Dog Violet
A photo of Early Dog Violet

Early Dog Violet Overview

Viola reichenbachiana, the Early Dog Violet is a mat-forming rhizomatous perennial species from the Violaceae family. It produces heart-shaped and slightly hairy leaves that grow from a low-growing rosette. Flowers are violet-purple in colour, with a straight dark violet-blue spur, these are formed on lateral stems from late spring-early summer, they measure 1.2-1.8cm across. This plant is sometimes confused with the Common Dog Violet, Viola riviniana which flowers at the same time but has a white flower spur and the Sweet Violet, Viola odorata, which produces scented purple flowers.

Common problems with Early Dog Violet

Can also be affected by pansy leaf spot.

How to harvest Early Dog Violet

Generally not harvested.

How to propagate Early Dog Violet



Usually the perennials and sub-shrubs are propagated by softwood cuttings in spring or they can be propagated by root division.


Special features of Early Dog Violet

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Early Dog Violet

Grown for their distinctive flowers. Attracts butterflies


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