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4 No-Brainer Reasons You Should Let Wild Violets Grow In Your Yard
Wild violets provide nectar for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators that have limited sources of food early in the season, helping your garden get pollinated.
This humble "weed" also provides the only source of food for the larvae of 14 species of greater fritillary butterflies and 16 lesser fritillaries, per the Xerces Society.
No Maintenance
Like many "weeds," wild violets mind their own business, needing little or no support to grow. They grow in lean soil and require no fertilization or watering.
As a plant that grows in all conditions, wild violets are great for no-mow lawns. Natural lawns create a mini ecosystem that is wonderful for soil health and pollinators.
Wild violets are edible, as the young leaves are often added to salads and the blooms added to cocktails. The "weeds" are high in vitamins A and C.