Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1649

Forb
Perennial/Winter annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in bottomlands and on moist slopes, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Plant acaulescent (without aerial stems)
Leaf blade densely pubescent above only, sparsely so below and on petiole

FLOWER:
Spring
Blue-violet/Reddish-violet
Bilaterally symmetrical
Lateral petals bearded, spurred occasionally
5 sepals
5 petals
5 stamens

FRUIT:
Spring
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Malpighiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Viola hirsutula   FAMILY Violaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Viola hirsutula   FAMILY Violaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 130-02-007:
Viola hirsutula   FAMILY Violaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Wood Violet, Silvery Purple-leaf Violet


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image of Viola hirsutula

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_vihi2_001_lhd

        

image of Viola hirsutula

Herbarium of Clemson University    h_cu25251b

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Viola hirsutula

Herbarium of Clemson University    h_cu76882

April    Pickens County    SC

image of Viola hirsutula

Herbarium of Clemson University    h_cu87391b

April    Pickens County    SC

image of Viola hirsutula

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_viola_hirsutula_5

April        

Small plant / leaves lie close to the ground / flowers bright reddish-purple, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Viola hirsutula

JK Marlow    jkm060506_022

May    Oconee County    SC

Clemson Forest

Leaves ovate, silvery-pubescent upper and purplish-smooth lower, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Viola hirsutula

JK Marlow    jkm060506_029

May    Oconee County    SC

Clemson Forest

Leaves silvery-downy with purple veins above, smooth and purplish beneath, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.