This species might be confused with the Downy Yellow Violet at first sight. In fact, it was formerly considered a mere variety of the latter. Its distinguishing features, however, are at once sufficiently prominent to remove any doubt as to its identity. It prefers moist situations, and is generally found in blossom before the Downy Yellow Violet. The basal leaves are usually present during the flowering season The leaves are inclined to be more pointed and often sharply toothed. The flowers are light yellow and the spur is very short. Several stems may be found growing together, and taken in all, it is a slightly smaller plant. This species grows in woods and thickets during April and May, and its range extends from Nova Scotia to Nebraska, and south to Georgia and Florida.