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Viola douglasii (Douglas' golden violet)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Viola douglasii

Viola douglasii Steud.

Douglas' Golden Violet

Violaceae (Violet Family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Bilaterally symmetrical, orangish-yellow flowers hanging and facing outward atop leafless stalks growing from a low tuft of leaves.

This violet grows on very sparsely vegetated banks, often in rather sterile soil, the perky little flowers peering from the bank like golden faces among the grayish foliage. As summer progresses, the soil becomes hard and crusty and the plants wither, the stout roots preserving life until the next flowering season.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


Native Distribution: Southern Oregon and northern two-thirds of California.
Native Habitat: Dry, open, gravelly slopes at low elevations.

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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