Perennial, stemless, flowers lilac and blue. Sandy or gravelly soil, dry fields and hillsides. Maine to Minnesota, south to Florida and Missouri. Rare in northern Ohio. April, May.

Arrow-Leaved Violet

Rootstock

Short, vertical.

Leaves

Numerous, nearly orbicular in outline but separated into three or five divisions, and the side divisions often two to three-parted; divisions linear or narrowly spatulate, sometimes toothed or cut at the apex.

Flowers

Large, an inch wide, pale or deep lilac, purple, or blue, rarely white. Var. bi-color, the two upper petals deep violet, the others paler. Occurs sparingly at the north, most common southward.

An exceedingly beautiful Violet, occurring sparingly throughout our northern range but common southward; in early spring it appears abundantly in the markets of Washington and Baltimore. The variety bi-color is strikingly handsome with the two upper petals deep violet and velvety in texture, the other petals paler blue. This is the southern form.

Bird's Foot Violet. Viola pedata

Bird's-Foot Violet. Viola pedata

Viola sagittata

Perennial, stemless, flowers dark violet-blue, rarely white. Wet meadows and marshes. Maine to Michigan, south to Georgia and Texas. Found in northern Ohio, but not frequent. April, May.

Arrow Leaved Violet. Viola sagittate

Arrow-Leaved Violet. Viola sagittate

Rootstock

Stout and fleshy.

Leaves

Varying from oblong heart-shaped to halberd-shaped, arrow-shaped, oblong, lanceolate or ovate, toothed more or less; petioles varying from short and margined to long and naked.

Flowers

Deep violet-blue with darker lines, rather large; lateral petals bearded; spur short and thick.

The Arrow-Leaved Violet may be recognized by its leaves, of which it has a variable collection, but they are so alike in their unlikeness that this is a personal characteristic; they are rarely like arrow-heads, oftener like the bowl of a teaspoon with the handle broadened at the bowl. In addition to the deep violet-blue blossoms the plant also produces cleis-togamous flowers.