Violet plant health question
My Queen Charlotte violets are now blooming heavily (at least for me), with nearly a dozen blooms on a single plant. What seems odd is that the snow has only been gone a few weeks, and the plants are still not much more than a low, weather-beaten rosette of foliage less than two inches high. The flowers are also very small. Is this normal for Queen Charlotte? I thought that this violet would fill out quite a bit more. What do they need to grow more vigorously?
The local wild violets that avidly colonize the edges of the yard haven't even started putting up their leaves yet. And by the time they bloom, they grow to 6-8 inches tall.
I'm in northeastern Kansas, southern Zone 5 on the old USDA zone map, northern Zone 6 on the new USDA map. Winter was wet, with much more snow cover than has been common for several years. (March, though, has been a bit dry.)