Stream Violet is a beautiful groundcover and wildflower with edible yellow flowers and edible heart-shaped leaves. It's our largest native violet.
Violet leaves are evergreen and prolific in milder parts of our region. They can be used as a nutritious fresh salad green, a potherb, or as a tea. They have a mild taste and soft texture that melts in your mouth, similar to Checkerbloom. They can be used to thicken soups or broth. The flowers are also a native food source used in salad mixes, as a coloring, or candied as a dessert or cake decoration.
Leaves and flowers are high in Vitamin C and A.
CAUTION: Rhizomes, fruits, and seeds are NOT edible. Also, eating large quantities of flowers can lead to diarrhea.
Stream Violet's ornamental value is well-known. It is a pleasant groundcover with heart-shaped leaves that produces a continuous show of yellow flowers from very early spring through summer. It’s flowers have the characteristic spurred violet shape, hanging like lanterns off small green stems - similar to Nodding Onion. A great replacement for pansies in the home ornamental landscape, or amidst other groundcovers in the rockery. Looks beautiful with Early Blue Violet and Oregon Stonecrop.
Environment and Culture
Stream Violet’s wild home is in moist open forests and riparian areas within its native range. It’s an important pollination plant for native insects, bees, and butterflies. It can be found naturally growing with Early Blue Violet, Miner’s Lettuce, & Redwood Sorrel.
Harvest, Care, and Preparation
Stream Violet spreads easily via rhizomes and seed, readily forming an edible groundcover in shaded areas. It’s easily harvested by hand, or with a small knife. Eat leaves and flowers raw as you walk by, or collect for a wild salad. Get creative and experiment with the flowers as garnish, coloring, or decoration for elegant dishes.
Native Range: WA, OR, CA, ID, MO, AK, BC.
USDA zones: 4-8
Ease of Care: Easy
Deer Resistance: High
Light Requirements: Full or Partial Shade
Soil Type: Any, prefers well-drained
Water Requirements: Moist to Wet
Bearing Age: 1 yr from seed
Size at Maturity: 2-12 inch
Plant Spacing: 8-12 inches
Bloom Time: Early Spring - late Summer
Harvest Time: All year long in mild climates.
Pot Sizing Guide
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