Connecticut Plants
Arrow-leaved Violet
Viola sagittata Ait.

Leaf shape is a distinguishing feature for this violet -- they are oval to triangular in outline, rather than heart-shaped. The hairy leaves of this specimen mark it as Viola sagittata var. ovata, which some authorities divide into its own species -- Viola fimbriatula, or northern downy violet.

  • Synonyms: Viola fimbriatula
  • Family: violet (Violaceae)
  • Habitat: dry woods, clearings, rocky areas
  • Height: 4-6 inches
  • Flower size: 3/4 inch
  • Flower color: purple
  • Flowering time: April to June
  • Origin: native
Viola sagittata Ait.