Color, yellow, the petals purplish-veined. This is one of the leafy violets, and the flowers stand, one or more, above a pair of leaves, not large, softly yellow. Stem, downy, rather rough, 5 to 18 inches high. Leaves, broad, generally 2 on the stem, with a bract or two below, otherwise the stem is naked. Basal leaves have long petioles, are broadly ovate or roundish, kidney-shaped, softly hairy about the edges and petioles. Flowers without petals, can be found later in the season on short peduncles,
A beautiful spring flower, growing abundantly, often in large, close patches. The plant gives an impression of much green and little color. Dry, cold woods, western New England south to Georgia, and westward.
Bryant's "first flower of spring" is the yellow violet.
"When beechen buds begin to swell,
And woods the bluebird's warble know, The yellow violet's modest bell
Peeps from the last year's leaves below." 193