Viola nuttallii

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Nuttall's violet
Viola nuttalli.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Violaceae
Genus: Viola
Species: V. nuttallii
Binomial name
Viola nuttallii

Viola nuttallii (Nuttall's violet or yellow prairie violet[1]) is a perennial herbaceous plant in the violet family (Violaceae), and is one of the few violet species with lanceolate leaves. It is native to the western Canada and the north-central and western United States.[2]

The species name Viola means violet in Latin. For Nuttall's violet the only purple coloring is the nectar guides in the throat of the flower.[3]

Nuttall's violet serves as a larval host for the Coronis fritillary butterfly.[2]

The species name is given in honor of noted botanist Thomas Nuttall.[2]


  1. ^ Germplasm Resources Information Network Retrieved 2010-03-11.
  2. ^ a b c Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center Retrieved 2010-03-11.
  3. ^ US Forest Service Retrieved 2012-05-08.