Viola rostrata

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Viola rostrata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Malpighiales
Family: Violaceae
Genus: Viola
Species: V. rostrata
Binomial name
Viola rostrata Pursh

Viola rostrata, is a stemmed herbaceous perennial plant that is native to eastern North America. It is known by a number of common names including long-spurred violet.

General description[edit]

The leaves are simple, toothed, ovate and acute, except basal leaves, which are cordate. (2–4 cm)

The flowers are beardless, pale lilac with darker veins forming a darker centre eye.[1] The spur is at least as long as the petal blades.[2]

Habitat: Rich woodlands


Eastern North America from Ontario and Quebec in the north to Alabama and Georgia in the south.


V. rostrata can easily be distinguished from other Viola species by its long spur, but the species is known to hybidize with other Viola species (see: Hybrids)


Viola rostrata is known to hybidize with Viola conspersa (American dog-violet) and Viola striata (creamy violet).[1]


  1. ^ a b Gleason, Henry A and Arthur Cronquist. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada, 2nd ed. New York Botanical Gardens, New York, New York.
  2. ^ Rhoads, Ann Fowler and Timothy A Block. 2007. Plants of Pennsylvania: an illustrated manual, 2nd ed. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia.

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