Violet Identification?

Jill_Ann_Williams(Baltimore, MD)April 30, 2003

Last weekend we were visiting friends at their old family home, outside of Baltimore, MD. While there, I decided to take a walk down by the pond. I was amazed and delighted to see the most interesting small clumps of Violets, happily growing and blooming in the full sunshine.

1. The abundant blossoms are just 1mm or approximately 1/2".

2. The blossom color is a light/medium blue with a slight white center.

3. On close examination, the lower petal has approx. 6 verticle lines coming down from the center of the blossom.

4. The leaves are small with a round/heartshape.

5. The flowering stem seems to come off the leaf stalk.

Would anyone be able to help with the indentification of this Violet?

Here is a link that might be useful:

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membertom(zone 6)

Hello Jill Ann,
Hopefully the experienced ID experts will check in.
But in the mean time...I would guess Viola conspersa.
Second guess, some other stemmed blue. Although it doesn't look like the appalachiensis or walteri that I've grown, and doesn't have enough spur to make me think rostrata. So, adunca, maybe??

And as a long-shot third guess... I got to see a presumed striata/rostrata hybrid this past weekend, growing amongst a bunch of rostrata. Your violet bears some resemblance to that plant. So, possibly could be some type of striata hybrid derivative.

By the way, I still have an odorata hybrid potted up for you, although I think the bloom may be over for this spring.
Good luck with the ID, Tom

    Bookmark   April 30, 2003 at 8:05AM
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Jill_Ann_Williams(Baltimore, MD)

I received a message from our local respected horticulturist and Violet lover, Jean Worthley. She suspects that the Violet in question is the dog violet or Viola conspersa. I searched the internet and found the link as below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Viola conspersa

    Bookmark   May 1, 2003 at 9:34AM
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Mike Hardman(Cyprus, 100m altitude)

I'd go along with V. conspersa. Good find JA.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2003 at 7:01PM
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hadrosaur(z5/6? pa)

dont know what there called but the flowers on that kind tast great on salad in omlets or sugar coated

    Bookmark   May 9, 2003 at 2:46PM
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