Native Violet?

Asked April 5, 2020, 1:16 PM EDT

Hello! Are these violets native or invasive? I know they’re considered a weed, but I really like them and is like to keep them if they are native. Thank you!

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

There are several species of violets found in Maryland. Take a look at the link from MD Biodiversity and look under Genus for status. In general, wild violets are native and they do have wildlife value. They are the larval food source for fritillary butterflies.https://www.marylandbiodiversity.com/viewSpecies.php?species=2723

Violets do spread prolifically. https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/wild-violet

Marian