Early leaves reniform to ovate in outline, entire or incised, from a thick, erect rootstock; mature leaves three-parted and the segments two to four-cleft into linear or oblanceolate, acute lobes, the middle lobe somewhat the widest; smooth except for minute pubescence on the upper surface and margin. Flowering scapes as long or longer than the leaves. Flowers large, 1 to 1 inches broad, rich purple with a conspicuous white throat. Sepals linear-lanceolate, acuminate.

In peaty or moist, sandy soil along the coast, southern Maine to Virginia. Flowering in May and June. Next to Violapedata, one of the most showy of our native species of violet.

Memoir 15 N. Y. State Museum

Plate 136

B. Coast Or Britton's Violet

B. Coast Or Britton's Violet - Viola brittoniana