Viola nephrophylla (Northern Bog Violet) - photos and description

Viola nephrophylla

Viola nephrophylla
Stemless species, leaves all basal

Viola nephrophylla
Heavily bearded lateral petals

Viola nephrophylla
Lower petal with a few hairs / slightly bearded

Viola nephrophylla

Viola nephrophylla

General: Violet without a leafy stem, and the scapes equal to or slightly taller than the leaves. Begins flowering in mid May.

Taxonomic key to Saskatchewan's violets.

Flowers: Purple blue, solitary on scapes. Flowers heavily bearded and with a blunt spur. Flowers measured to 2 cm diameter, flowering scapes to 8 cm tall. Spur is blunt, 3 mm long and wide.

Leaves: Leaves vary in shape from round, to kidney-shaped, to heart-shaped. Leaves have rounded teeth and a blunt apex. Leaf highlighted in photo above was 18 mm long (without petiole) and 15 mm wide.

Height: Scapes measured to 8 cm tall.

Habitat: Moist prairie meadows, moist woods, marshes, forest bogs.

Abundance: Common.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: The above photos were taken May 27th, on a seep along a lakeshore, wet aspen woods, about 70 km SE of our home in Regina, SK.