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dog violet

a violet, Viola canina, that grows in Europe and N Asia and has blue yellow-spurred flowers
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  • The dog violet is usually of a lighter blue than the sweet-smelling species.

  • It appears in May and June, in which latter month it deposits its eggs on the dog violet (Viola canina).

    Butterflies and Moths William S. Furneaux
  • The caterpillar, also, feeds on the same plant (dog violet) as Selene.

    Butterflies and Moths William S. Furneaux
  • The dog violet has five green sepals with very sharp points, and the lower part of each sepal is slightly swollen.

  • In the Heartsease the broadest petal has a very small tube at the narrow end, the same as in the dog violet.

  • dog violet (Viola canina) is so-called contemptuously because scentless.

  • Similar remarks may be applied to our two common plants, the sweet violet (Viola odorata) and the dog violet (Viola canina).

    Darwinism (1889) Alfred Russel Wallace

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