Help with Plant Identification

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  1. G_MCD

    G_MCD Apprentice Gardener

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    Hi,

    Please could anyone help with identification of the plant in the picture below, I'm not sure if it is a plant or weed!? It is a low growing spreading plant only 3-5cm tall.

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    Thanks,
    Graham.
     
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    Hi Graham,
    That looks like Viola labradorica. A pretty but invasive perennial.
     
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    Hi Noisette47, many thanks for your response.
     
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    Certainly a Violet, but not sure it is labradorica. It looks more like Viola riviniana, the common Dog Violet. A right thug it is too!
     
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    It's a very pretty thug at this time of year though :spinning:
     
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      Oh they're lovely and won't last long. Enjoy them whilst they're flowering.
       
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        They may not last long, but they swamp everything in our rock garden.
         
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        Viola labradorica, commonly known as Alpine dog violet, Alpine violet, American dog violet, dog violet, and Labrador violet,[3] is a perennial native to eastern Canada, Greenland, and the United States. The plant sold as Viola labradorica by nurseries is Viola riviniana
        Looks like we're both right, Palustris:) Just trying to keep things simple for the OP:old:
         
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        The leaves don't look like my Viola Labradorica which I have growing in my containers and pops up everywhere. I love it! It looks more like Viola odorata or sweet violet.
         
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        The main difference seems to be that V. labrodorica / riviniana has pointed, heart-shaped leaves and V. odorata has larger, rounded leaves.v. lab.jpgv. odo.jpg
         
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