Wild Florida Photo - Viola palmata

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Viola palmata

EARLY BLUE VIOLET

WOOD VIOLET

Florida native

 

A perennial wildflower of sandhills and flatwoods throughout much of Florida, except for the central east coast and south peninsula. The range includes much of the eastern United States.
The leaves of this violet are all basal, on long stalks and palmately divided into three or more lobes. The flowers are blue to violet, often with white centers, with dark blue veins, and occasionally mostly white. The five petals are up to 2.5 cm (1 in.) across and are on long stalks. Early blue violets can also have self-pollinating flowers that do not open on reclining stalks. Flowering is in April and May through much of the range, but as early as March in Florida. The fruit is an ovoid, purple-brown mottled capsule containing brown seeds.

 
Viola palmata is a member of the Violaceae - Violet family.

Other species of the Viola genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  View  Viola lanceolata - BOG WHITE VIOLET
  View  Viola hastata - HALBERDLEAF YELLOW VIOLET
  View  Viola sororia - COMMON BLUE VIOLET