Perennial, having stems, flowers cream-white. Moist woods and fields. New England west to Minnesota, and south to Georgia. Abundant in northern Ohio. April-October.

Stem

Erect or spreading, tufted, smooth, six to ten inches long in late summer.

Leaves

Numerous, heart-shaped or ovate, crenately serrate, acute or acuminate, often slightly downy above and on the veins underneath; when young, the sides curled in at the base; stipules large, oblong-lanceolate, fringe-toothed.

Flowers

Large, cream-colored, rarely white; the lateral petals conspicuously bearded; the lowest one broad and striped with purple; spur thickish, short.

Pollinated by bees and butterflies. Nectar-bearing.

Cream Violet is not as common as the Blue Violet, but where it grows it blooms almost as profusely.

Cream Violet. Viola striata

Cream Violet. Viola striata

When the flowers first appear, the plant seems stem-less, because the flower-pedicel is so long; but after the stems are apparent and the plant becomes tufted and makes beds, it will, if undisturbed, cover large areas. It also thrives in gardens and makes a beautiful border plant. The bloom begins in April, reaches perfection in May, and occurs sparingly in October.