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Viola pubescens var. pubescens (Downy yellow violet)
Vick, Albert F. W.

Viola pubescens var. pubescens

Viola pubescens Aiton var. pubescens

Downy Yellow Violet, Downy Violet, Hairy Violet, Yellow Violet, Common Yellow Violet

Violaceae (Violet Family)

Synonym(s): Viola eriocarpon, Viola pensylvanica, Viola pubescens var. eriocarpon


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

Viola pubescens var. pubescens has yellow flowers and non-hairy foliage, including 1-3 heart-shaped basal leaves.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 18 inches tall.
Fruit: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun


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Canada: NS , PE
Native Habitat: moist or dry deciduous woods, swamps

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Loam


Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds

Mr. Smarty Plants says

Ground cover for trails in Northeast Texas
January 09, 2008
I have several acres of wooded land in Northeast Texas, Southern Lamar County. Both sandy and black land. I have created trails through the woods and would like to plant a native ground cover or gras...
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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 pubescens var. pubescens in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Viola pubescens var. pubescens in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Viola pubescens var. pubescens


Record Modified: 2023-01-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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