Apr. 27, 2020

longspur violet, Viola rostrata

Sometimes violets can be tricky to identify. Not longspur! In addition to that spur, they are relatively short. Some violets have flowers that grow from a cluster of leaves. Others are taller, and have stems, with flowers that grow from leaf axils. That makes those species relatively tall. Longspur is one of the stem violets, but a relatively short one, rarely more than six inches tall. Those dramatic lines in the flowers are not a good feature for identification. There's too much variation in flower color. Longspur violets grow in woods in AL, CT, GA, IN, KY, MA, MD, MI, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV, ON, and QC(L). Scioto Co OH, 4/20/20. Violet family, Violaceae.