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Weed-opedia: Wild Violet

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Wild Violet

 Wild Violet (Viola Sororia)

What does it look like?:  Broad heart-shaped leaves, and purple or white pansy-like flowers.

What causes it?:  Overly acidic soil lacking calcium.  They are spread by seeds and underground stems. Wild violets are very drought resistant.

When does it show up?:  Blooms March through May. Doesn’t like heat.

Best treatment plan:  Fall systemic treatment, and pre-emergent in the spring and fall to prevent the seeds from sprouting.  Hand-pulling may work for small areas, but it is best to use a shovel to ensure the entire root system is removed. Call a professional for a free quote.

How long will it take to get rid of it?:  Depending on the level of infestation, it can take a couple of years to eradicate.