It is whispered that this violet was formerly held in contempt by our English cousins because of its lack of fragrance. They referred to it as the Dog Violet, so that it might be distinguished from other species meriting more popular favour. However that may have been, we are disposed to extend much charity toward this interesting little waif, if for no other reason than the independence and freedom that it manifests whenever it brightens our roadsides and woodlands, from March to May. With us, the Dog Violet has become a popular nickname rather than one of mere caste. The leaves and flowers are small. The plant is low and creeping, and blossoms profusely. The slender flower stems spring from the angles of the leaf stems. The flowers have a prominent spur, and are light purple or pale violet in colour, rarely white. The stamens are tipped with orange. The lateral petals are slightly bearded, and the lower one is marked with fine violet lines. The smooth, light green, rounding, heart-shaped leaves have finely toothed edges and grow in pairs. The base of the stems is sheathed with a small, pointed and toothed leaf-like stipule. The early leaf stems later develop creeping branches, and increase from two to six inches in length. In the fall this Violet bears flower-less buds on very short stems. It is fairly common in moist, shady situations, from Labrador to Minnesota, and south to North Carolina and Kentucky.