Viola blanda

English name(s):
sweet white violet
Family:  Violaceae
Description:
Charming spring blooming perennial with 5-petaled white flowers of which the upper two twist-curl backwards and the lowest is purple-veined.   The stalks of its flowers and heart-shaped leaves often show a reddish-tinge.
Habitat:
occurs in woodlands
Notes:
Violets are host plants for fritillary butterfly caterpillars.

Additional notes:


photograph courtesy of Ami Horowitz

field trip archive:  Thompson Ledges 2010

state of Ohio:  county distribution map

 

Plant identification
The Ohio State University Herbarium:
Cuyahoga County, 13 May 1916, collector:  Clayton M. Hoff  voucher specimen
view additional voucher specimens and related information

Newcomb's:  Key Group no. 123, p. 28

Historical description:
researching

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 556.

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 2: 556.

Beneath my feet
the ground-pine curled
its pretty wreath,
Running over
the club-moss burrs;
Around me stood the oaks and firs;
Pine-cones and acorns
lay on the ground;
Over me soared the eternal sky,
Full of light and of deity;
Beauty through my senses stole,--
I yielded myself
to the perfect whole.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Violet, little violet,
Brave and true and sweet thou art.

Anonymous

virtual herbarium sheet 000002
 created by Lisa K. SchlaG, 4.ii.2014