Viola reichenbachiana | Early Dog-violet | Sailchuach luath
First reported in the wild
NAPRA Ireland risk assessed
- Flowers from March to May
- Solitary blue-violet flowers with five petals
- The lower petal has a stout, blunt, straight spur that is darker than the petals and does not have a notch
- The leaves are heart-shaped with toothed margins and are on long, slender stalks
Don’t confuse with the Common Dog-violet. In this species the spur at the back of the flower is paler than the petals and is notched at the tip.
Dry deciduous woods, hedgerows. Prefers shady calcareous ground
Adult habitat & habits
Irish reference specimens
Pathway and vector description
Distribution frequency in Ireland
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021
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How can you help
This species is included in our spring flowering plants project. If you see the species please submit your sighting. All information is very valuable.
Full list of species included in the spring flowering plants project:
- Common Dog-violet
- Early Dog-violet
- Early-purple Orchid
- Lady’s smock (Cuckooflower)
- Lesser Celandine
- Lords-and Ladies
- Wild Garlic
- Winter Heliotrope
- Wood Anemone
- Wood Sorrel
- Three-cornered Garlic
This species is included in the spring flowering plants project which is a collaboration between the National Biodiversity Data Centre and the BSBI. It is hoped we can collect valuable data to improve our knowledge of the current distribution of some common plants. All data will be fully validated by both partners before loading to Biodiversity Maps and being made available to the BSBI.