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Viola beckwithii

Viola beckwithii Torr. & A. Gray

Beckwith's Violet, Western Pansy Violet

Violaceae (Violet Family)


USDA Symbol: VIBE2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Bilaterally symmetrical, two-tone flowers hanging and facing outward on leafless stalks growing from a low tuft of leaves.

This species is as pretty as the garden Pansy (V. arvensis), a violet native to Europe. Sagebrush Violet or Desert Pansy (V. trinervata), found in eastern Washington and northeastern Oregon, is very similar but has leaves with 3-veined, leathery segments.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 9 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Violet
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: CA , ID , NV , OR , UT
Native Distribution: Northeastern Oregon south to southeastern California and east to Utah and Idaho.
Native Habitat: In sagebrush and open pinewoods.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Viola beckwithii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Viola beckwithii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Viola beckwithii


Record Modified: 2023-06-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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