Early dog-violet Viola reichenbachiana
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Early by name, early by nature: this is the first of the violets to bloom.
Whilst its common cousin traditonally flowers in April, the early dog-violet pops up in March (or earlier if the local climate has been unseasonably mild).
Similar to the common dog-violet, but with a darker purple spur behind the petals.
Found across central, eastern and southern England.
Where to see
Hedge banks and deciduous woods.
When to see
Springtime, especially March.