Connecticut Plants
Great-spurred Violet (Selkirk's Violet)
Viola selkirkii Pursh ex Goldie

Note the spur at the back of the bottom petal, which is wide and has a rounded end. Great-spurred violet can be distinguished from other purple violets by this spur and by its hairless petals. Long-spurred violet and dog violet have long, narrow spurs, and other purple violets in our area have at most a small spur. Great-spurred violet was believed to be extripated in Connecticut, but a wild population was found recently.

  • Family: violet (Violaceae)
  • Habitat: cool moist woods, slopes
  • Height: 2-4 inches
  • Flower size: 1/2 inch
  • Flower color: pale purple
  • Flowering time: May to July
  • Origin: native
Viola selkirkii Pursh ex Goldie
Viola selkirkii Pursh ex Goldie