Perennial, having stems, flowers pale violet. Shaded hillsides and rocky woods. Quebec to Michigan, south in the mountains to Georgia. Frequent in northern Ohio. April, May.


Numerous, erect, three to six inches high.


Smooth, cordate-ovate or reniform, acuminate, serrate; petioles slender.


Pale violet, darker veined, beardless; sepals linear-lanceolate. Spur long, slender.

The Long-Spurred Violet may be easily distinguished by its pale violet color, its striped petals, and its long, slender spur. Although the books give it a rather limited habitat, it may be considered fairly abundant in northern Ohio, although rarely found in beds.

Long Spurred Violet. Viola rostrata

Long-Spurred Violet. Viola rostrata