Family, Violet. Color, greenish white. Petals, nearly equal in length, the lower one being larger than the others, swollen at base, notched at apex. Stamens united into a sheath which envelops the ovary. A broad gland is seen on the lower side. Leaves, entire, acute at both ends. Stems, very leafy, 1 to 2 feet high, with 1 to 3 flowers in the axils on short, nodding peduncles. Pod much larger than the flower. April to June.
This homely species, although of the Violet Family, scarcely deserves to be numbered among those favorite flowers. Rich, moist woods, shaded ravines from New York westward and southward.