These little white violets are often not more than three inches high, the flowers are small. delicate with dark red lines leading to the center and they are fragrant with a strong, pervasive scent. The leaves are from two to five inches long and about a half inch wide, tapered at both ends with reddish petioles.

Lance Leaved Violet.

Viola lanceolata L.

April - May. Moist acid sandy soils.

They belong to the picture, of spring in the north. Yet these violets are very common in some poorly drained moist sandy fields in Lee, Cook and Kankakee counties in northern Illinois and in a few other rare hidden southern places in this state.

Although most white violets are creatures of the north - the little lance-leaved violet of the glacial sands around northern lakes, the small sweet white violets in a sphagnum bog or in a wet swale, the Canada violet of the highlands. The pale or striped violet {Viola striata) is a blossom for everyone to find and enjoy. It is spread fairly abundantly through the woods and along the streams in Illinois, and blooms steadily from the middle of April until June.

This violet begins with a. low, compact plant down in the grass of the sunny woods. The flowers are creamy white with blue bee-lines on the lower petal, and long, cream-colored fur in the center of the flower. The stems at this stage are short, the leaves small. Then as the season advances and shade grows, the pale violet's plant grows, too. The stem become long and rather weak, the deeply toothed stipules at the axils of the leaves are long and ragged. The flowers, on thin stalks, are smaller now and have narrower petals. But the charm of a white violet is still there until at last in June the flower ceases blooming until another springtime comes to the woods.