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Plants of rich, mesic, hardwood forests.  Flowering mid-April to late 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 pale violet with purple patches.  The lower three petals have dark purple veins.  Lateral petals are not beardedThe spur is very long (7-12mm), and usually upcurvedSepals are not ciliate.

Leaves:  Ovate to rounded, with a basal notch, and tips that are short-pointed to blunt or rounded; edges are shallowly toothed.  Leaves are often very faintly tinged purple, especially when emerging.

Seeds:  Yellow brown.

 

 

Similar species:  Viola labradorica.

 

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