Although not so abundant as the widely distributed Meadow Violet, with which everybody is so familiar, the Early Blue Violet is very common. Its flowers are smaller, and the plant is more or less hairy, and altogether it is more uniform and less variable, and prefers drier soil than the former. On the sides, toward the base, its peculiar leaves are strikingly notched into numerous irregular lobes that flare, heart-shaped at the stem. The centre of the blade is usually extended into a broadened and bluntly pointed lobe. The bright blue flower is occasionally paler and rarely white. The side petals are bearded. This species does not extend quite so far north as the Common Blue Violet, and it prefers dry woodland soil. It blooms during April and May, from Georgia and Arkansas northward to Minnesota, Ontario and Maine.