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Plants of rich, mesic, hardwood forests, often on lower, rocky  slopes.  Flowering late April through May.  Native.

Perennial.  Stemmed (i.e., flowers are borne on peduncles that arise from leaf axils on aerial stems).  An individual stem may bear more than one flower.  Cleistogamous flowers are produced, but stolons are not produced.

Flowers:  Petals are white with yellow patches and purple veins.  Back sides of upper petals are often tinged purple. lateral petals may be bearded (i.e., with hairs) or not bearded.  The spurred petal is hairless.  Sepals are not ciliate.

Leaves:   Usually ovate, with a conspicuous basal notch (sinus); edges are toothed; the surfaces may be hairy or hairless.

Seeds:  White to light brown.

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Similar species:  Viola striata.

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