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Connecticut Plants
Downy Yellow Violet
Viola pubescens Ait.

This is one of two species of yellow-flowered violet in Connecticut. Note that it has stems that bear both leaves and flowers. The other species, round-leaved violet, has only basal leaves, and no leaves on the stalks that bear flowers. Some books describe an additional species of yellow violet, the smooth yellow violet (Viola pensylvanica). This violet, however, has been recently reclassified as a variety of the downy yellow violet -- Viola pubescens var. pubescens.

  • Family: violet (Violaceae)
  • Habitat: dry woods
  • Height: 6-16 inches
  • Flower size: 3/4 inch across
  • Flower color: yellow
  • Flowering time: April to May
  • Origin: native
Viola pubescens Ait.
Viola pubescens Ait.