Viola conspersa (The Dog Violet)
First off, I am not absolutely positive this is Viola conspersa, but after researching it for a year or two, I'm fairly certain this is correct. It's still open for debate, and if someone out there has a more informed opinion (and a better photograph), please let me know. I first found this violet here and there next to our pond in spring. I noticed it because it was blue, not lavender, violet, or purple, and they seemed to be so rare. The next spring, I looked for them again and found them but still found very few of them. I decided that finding only a few made it worth investigating and knowing, so I decided to dig up one or two to use for propagation, and that's that. If you separate them from other violets, they are indeed blue, but if you put them against something that is true blue, like blue-eyed grass, forget-me-nots, or even Gentians, there is a definite lavender in the color. I like this violet not just for the color but because it doesn't seed itself all over the place. It is a restrained beauty. Native to most meadows, rich woodlands, and original, undisturbed ground, it likes moist conditions and dappled sunlight to light shade. It is considered rare and endangered in some states. .