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Full to part sun, moderately dry to dry moisture level, lean sandy soil, strongly acid to moderately acid pH. 6-8 inches height, blooms in early spring, violet or purple flowers, will self-seed.
Germination Code: M or C(60), D. Difficult from seed.
Native Region: Statewide except absent on western boundary of Tennessee
Because it requires lean soil and good drainage, this plant never becomes a pest. Highly drought tolerant. Can be difficult to successfully establish in a garden. Needs to be kept free of weeds and other aggressive plants so it is not crowded out. Short-lived. Blossoms make good candy, jam, jelly, syrup and wine. Edible leaves are high in Vitamin A and C. Attracts bees and butterflies.