Jan. 16, 2022

swordleaf violet, Viola hastata

OK, I cheated. Most people call this halberdleaf violet. But what do people these days know of halberds? One site that was selling these called them swordleaf. Probably figured it was more saleable. Like kiwi fruit instead of Chinese gooseberries. That and other sites make a good case for buying them. These often have even more pointed leaves and silvered areas between the veins. Very attractive plants that I have not yet seen often enough to really catch their spirit. Halberdleaf violets grow in woods in AL, FL, GA, KY, MD, MS, NC, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, and WV. Bartow Co GA, 3/23/16. Violet family, Violaceae.