Early dog-violet Viola reichenbachiana

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Best Time to See
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Habitat Woodland

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).

Identification

Similar to the common dog-violet, but with a darker purple spur behind the petals.

Distribution

Found across central, eastern and southern England.

Where to see

Hedge banks and deciduous woods.

When to see

Springtime, especially March.