(Plate CXXXV)

Family

Violet.

Colour

Yellow, veined with purple.

Odour

Faintly fragrant.

Range

General.

Time of Bloom

May.

Flowers: solitary; growing on axillary flower-stalks Leaves: usually two on the stem; broad; on petioles; serrate; smaller, bract-like leaves below. Stem: leafy above; pubescent.

This fair-hued little violet is one of the pleasantest sights that greet us in the spring woods. It seems always young and guileless, as though it would never grow old or wise. It is so closely associated in the mind with Bryant's lovely poem, "The Yellow Violet," that we cannot but lament the evidence that inclines us to the belief that it was V. rotundifolia by which he was inspired.

Downy Yellow Violet Viola pubescens 185