Wild Violet

Asked June 21, 2019, 8:56 AM EDT

Can you tell me if it is possible to eradicate wild violets in my perennial garden by digging them out? I don't want to use herbicides. Hoping to perhaps interrupt the growth cycle by preventing seed dispersal? Thanks for any insights.

Harford County Maryland

1 Response

Our native violets are tough plants.
You can slow violets down, and maybe eradicate them over time with digging but it will probably be a long process. They grow from bulb-like rhizomes, which can be lifted, and they self seed regularly. The newly growing plants from seed are easy to pull. The root area/rhizomes of mature plants need to be taken out. Once you are finished, a good mulch layer (2-4") can cover the 'seed bank' that exists from previous years.

Here is our page on wild native violets: https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/wild-violet