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Viola trinervata (Howell) Howell ex A. Gray
Desert pansy, Rainier violet, Sagebrush violet
USDA Symbol: VITR3
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A 2-6 in., several-stemmed violet with attractive lobed and dissected, somewhat leathery, basal leaves and showy bicolored flowers. The upper pair of flower petals are deep reddish-violet; the lower three petals are pale to darker lilac, with yellowish or whitish bases and purple pencilling or blotching.
The Sagebrush Violet is a member of the violet family (family Violaceae). Violets are rather dainty herbs with perky, colorful flowers in the United States, but often shrubby and less showy elsewhere. There are about 22 genera and 900 species found nearly throughout the world. Many species of Violets, including Pansies, are cultivated for their pretty flowers.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
, WA Native Distribution:
Okanogan Co., WA
to n.e. Sherman & Malheur Cos., OR Native Habitat:
Sagebrush flats and rocky hillsides
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available
PropagationDescription: Propagate from seeds.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: If seeds must be stored, they will need a period of stratification.
Commercially Avail: yes
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff