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Viola nuttallii (Nuttall's violet)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Viola nuttallii

Viola nuttallii Pursh

Nuttall's Violet, Yellow Prairie Violet, Prairie Yellow Violet

Violaceae (Violet Family)


USDA Symbol: VINU2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

One of the few violet species with lance-shaped leaves, the specific epithet of this violet commemorates Thomas Nuttall a noted botanist who traveled the western plains in the early 1800's. Often less than 6 inches tall, the short-stemmed plant bears yellow flowers with brown or purple lines.

Yellow Prairie Violet is a member of the family Violaceae which includes rather dainty herbs with perky, colorful flowers in the United States, but often shrubby and less showy elsewhere.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 10 inches tall, often shorter.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


USA: CO , ID , KS , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , SD , WY
Canada: AB , SK

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Coronis Fritillary
(Speyeria coronis)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Web Reference

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

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-01-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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