Common Dog-violet: the spur of the moment | Nature Notes from Dorset

Every spring the dog-violets appear and it is easy to dismiss them all as just 'dog-violets'. There are, however, four species that appear although the pale and heath violets are early summer rather than early spring. The most common and earliest flowering are the common dog-violet (Viola riviniana) and the early dog-violet and telling them apart can be a bit tricky.
The early dog-violet certainly comes out early in the year being in flower in March and is a few weeks ahead of its close cousin the common dog-violet which is more prevalent in April and May.



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