Wild Violets in Your Tulsa Lawn!

wild violets

Genus: Viola

Family:  Violaceae

Flower:  small, purple or white

Native to: United States

Type of weed:  broadleaf, perennial


GreenGrass treats with:  Post-emergent


Over the counter treatment: Product containing triclopyr or imazaquin, or 2,4-D, or a brush killer.  Always read the product label to see what it controls, what you can put it on, and how to apply it.


Wild violets are referred to as Viola papilionacea, Viola sororia, Viola pranticola, and other names.  The taxonomy of this plant is vague as it easily hybridizes with other viola species.


However, their nature is very specific.  Wild violets are a particularly invasive perennial broadleaf weed that can take over your lawn!  Never, ever plant them in your flowerbeds because they are "pretty."  Those little white or purple flowers are there just to trick you.  They'll take over your flowerbeds and then your lawn, and then your life, as you will spend the better part of it digging them out. 


wild violet roots


Wild violets have a fibrous rootstock that is huge.  (Check it out on the left.)  And it gets bigger and bigger over the years.  You can dig all of them out of the flowerbeds, and they will still come up next year!  Wild violets will grow on a speck of dirt on top of a rock.  No exaggeration here!


If you spray them, it will take repeated applications and just when you think they are all gone, they pop up again.  If your neighbor has them in her flowerbed or lawn, you will probably never get rid of them.  If a customer has them in his lawn, we try our best, but it takes awhile.


To see what wild violets are really like, you might want to read The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham.  Really.

revolt of the triffids