Dark Light
Confederate Violet
Viola sororia priceana

My understanding is that among various authorities there is debate about whether this is a distinct species from the Common Blue Violet or not. I have NO skin in this game. It looks a little different, so it’s getting it’s own entry!

For more information see the Common Blue Violet.

Size: 4-10"
Family: Violaceae (Violet Family) 
Habitat: Rich, moist woods, also grows well in average, medium wet, well drained soils.
Identifiers: Glossy heart-shaped leaves topped by 5 petaled flowers with white fuzzy throats. "The petals of this form of Viola sororia are a mottled combination of blue-violet with white; from a distance, they appear pale to medium blue-violet. From the throat of the flower, there are dark blue-violet lines radiating outward (particularly on the lower petal)." From Illinois Wildflowers. The erect flower droops slightly on the stem.
All text and photos copyright © 2022 Middle Way Nature Reserve, unless noted.
Related Posts

Littleleaf Buttercup

A delicate little star shaped buttercup that you don't want to pick and hold under your chin to see if you like butter, because it's sap is toxic.

Yellow Coltsfoot

This is another plant for which I fell in love with the name, "Coltsfoot". Not being very familiar with the equine species, I couldn't really figure out how it got the name. Well, it turns out the leaves of the plant resemble a colt's foot.