Plant Care American Dog Violet

American Dog Violet

About American Dog Violet

American Dog Violet is a super rare houseplant 🌿 that is easy to grow and needs regular watering to thrive. They do best in long-lasting, direct light ☀️ and should be less than 1 foot from a window.

American Dog Violet likes soil that is well draining. Your plant shouldn't need added fertilizers if you repot each time it doubles in size.

American Dog Violet belongs to the viola genus, and is native to the Northern United States, Greenland, and Canada.


Viola labradorica

Also known as

Alpine violet, American dog violet, Dog violet and Labrador violet

How to care for American Dog Violet


How often to water your American Dog Violet

Water needs for American Dog Violet
0.5 cups
every 9

American Dog Violet needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for American Dog Violet in your home

Light needs and placement for plant American Dog Violet: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

American Dog Violet love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

American Dog Violet does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of American Dog Violet in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize American Dog Violet

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for American Dog Violet: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your American Dog Violet after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

American Dog Violet is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

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Care Summary for American Dog Violet

American Dog Violet

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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