Color, lilac, with a deeper colored spot near the center. Its spur is longer than the petals. This is a violet with leafy stems, the leaves being roundish to heart-shaped, toothed, the upper ones pointed at apex. Flowers, on long peduncles. Stipules, below the leaves, narrow, fringed. Stem, much branched, 2 to 7 inches high. June and July.

Shaded hillsides, and moist, rocky woods, New England to Michigan, southward to Georgia. Found 2,500 feet high in Virginia.