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Early Dog-violet: earning its spurs

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Early Dog-violet: earning its spurs

It may be just me and the way I use my camera but I always feel that it never does anything coloured purple justice! This early dog-violet (Viola reichenbachiana) looks decidedly blue and not its true deep violet colouring.

The early dog-violet certainly comes out early in the year being in flower by March and is a few weeks ahead of its close cousin, the common dog-violet which is becomes more prevelent in late April and in to May. The early dog-violet has a narrower flower than the common dog-violet but the colour of the spur on the back of the flower is usually the best way to tell them apart with the 'early' having a spur the same colour as the flower whereas the common dog-violet has a pale, cream spur.

Both species grow in open woodland, on hedge banks and verges; the early dog-violet perhaps preferring shade and so is also known as the wood dog-violet whereas the common dog-violet can be found in more open areas and can occur on pasture and grassland too.


 

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