Viola riviniana | Common Dog-violet | Fanaigse
First reported in the wild
NAPRA Ireland risk assessed
- Flowers from April to June
- Solitary blue-violet flowers with five petals
- The lower petal has a stout, blunt, curved pale spur which is
notched at the tip
- The leaves are dark-green and heart-shaped on long, slender stalks
Don’t confuse with the Early Dog-violet. In this species the spur at the back of the flower is darker than the petals and it does not have a notch.
Common Dog-violet is a larval food plant of the Dark Green Fritillary butterfly
Adult habitat & habits
Woodland, grassy banks, grassland, roadsides
Irish reference specimens
Pathway and vector description
Distribution frequency in Ireland
Records submitted to Data Centre in 2022
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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
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.