Please help ID this plant

Asked July 17, 2015, 2:21 PM EDT

Is this a weed? It's growing all over my garden. How do I get rid of it?

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

We would guess you might welcome and enjoy having some of these in the spring. They are native wild violets. See here:
They can take up too much space though, and you can dig them out, being careful to get as many underground bulblets as you can. There are also herbicides that work on them- read labels.
These plants are native and are the food source for the frittilary butterflies.
We see two other plants in your photo that are actually considered much more invasive and non-native, which is the variegated creeping euonymus in the top of the photo, and the chameleon plant, which is the one with the multicolored leaves, which is extremely difficult to get rid of once established. Try to not let it go to seed or creep into wild areas.