Viola selkirkii (Great-Spurred Violet) - photos and description



Looking straight down on plant


Petals without hairs



Top of leaf with scattered hairs

General: Delicate woodland violet, scapes leafless, and with scapes about as tall as leaves. Plants acaulescent.

Taxonomic key to Saskatchewan's violets.

Flowers: Flowers solitary on scapes, light purple in colour, to 15 mm diameter, long spurred - spur comprising nearly 2/3 the length of the spur petal, typical measurement spur petal = 15 mm long, spur 9 mm of that.

Leaves: Leaves are basal, cordate with narrowed sinuses, crenate. Plant glabrous except for the top of the leaves which are noticeably hairy, the hairs can be seen without using a loupe. Leaf measured at 35 mm long and 25 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 15 cm, we measured leaves and scapes to a height of only 5 cm.

Habitat: Moist woodlands.

Abundance: Rare, ranked as an S3 (as of 2021) by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Above photos taken May 27th, north facing slopes, mixed woods, Porcupine Hills, about 400 km north east of our home in Regina, SK.