Hooked-spur violet, Western Blue Violet, Western Dog Violet
Violaceae (Violet Family)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
A small plant with pansy-like bluish-violet flowers that hang at tips of slender stalks.
Violets are very popular wildflowers and garden plants, romantically described as shrinking because of the way the petals fold in. Species are often difficult to identify as they may hybridize, producing intermediate forms. These hybrids, in turn, may reproduce by means of inconspicuous flowers at the base of the plant, often even underground, producing seeds without opening.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
, WY Canada: AB
, SK Native Distribution:
Canada; south to southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, the northern Great Plains. Native Habitat:
Meadows, open woods, and open slopes from sea level to timberline.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
Soil Description: Sandy
BenefitUse Food: Violet leaves contain more vitamin A than spinach, and one-half cup of violet leaves has as much vitamin C as four oranges. (Kershaw)
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for: