A commonly seen violet colored Viola. Note the heart shaped leaves.
The spring-blooming violets capture the romantic imagination of poets and songwriters. Growing in well-drained yet fairly moist areas in the hills of the Ozarks, there are dozens of different species and variations. You will see violets that are blue, purple, lavender, white, and yellow. Some are bicolored. Some are striped. Many have little fuzzy beards in the throat of the flower.
Violets come in the entire range of blue to purple color, often varying even within the same species.
This is Viola triloba named because of the lobed leaves.
Ever seen a yellow violet? They do exist!
Sometimes violets can be found with striped and blotched petal colors. I am not sure if this is a mixed variety, if it's a mutation, or if it's a separate species.
Lanie found this perfect little blotched purple and white violet on the Lake Trail at Piney Creek Wilderness this spring.
The largest flowered Violet is Viola pedata, the Bird's Foot Violet.
Field pansies are violets too. This is Viola bicolor.
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