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Viola adunca 'Alba Road'

Alba Road Western Dog Violet

A low-growing perennial native to California.  Western Dog Violet grows to about 3-4" tall and spreads to form a mat of bright green heart-shaped foliage.  Rose-pink flowers bloom in spring.

This selection of Western Dog Violet was collected from the Santa Cruz Mountains by Ray Collett, the founding director of the UCSC Arboretum.  Its flowers are much pinker than most Western Dog Violets which usually have dark purple blooms.

Alba Road Western Dog Violet Growing and Maintenance Tips

Western Dog Violet shouldn't need any care or maintenance.


3-4 in


10-12 in


12 in

Viola adunca 'Alba Road' Characteristics


  • Portola Valley Ranch approved
  • Evergreen
  • California native

Flower color

  • Pink

Foliage color

  • Green / Blue-green

Growth habit (plant shape)

  • Prostrate


  • Light or dappled shade

Season of interest (flowering)

  • Spring

Season of interest (foliage)

  • Year round

Your soil type

  • Loam
  • Clay-loam
  • Sandy loam
  • Clay

Water requirements

  • None - Low

Critter resistance

  • Deer resistant

Wildlife appeal

  • Attracts bees

Suggested uses

  • Under redwoods
  • Container


  • California

Plants that work well with Viola adunca 'Alba Road'

Western columbine Western columbine (Aquilegia formosa)
Bleeding heart Bleeding heart (Dicentra formosa)
Wild ginger Wild ginger (Asarum caudatum)
California polypody California polypody (Polypodium californicum)
Meadow rue Meadow rue (Thalictrum fendleri var. polycarpum)
California fescue California fescue (Festuca californica)
Douglas' iris Douglas' iris (Iris douglasiana)
Martha Roderick's alum root Martha Roderick's alum root (Heuchera micrantha 'Martha Roderick')