Connecticut Plants
Kidney-leaved Violet
Viola renifolia Gray

Kidney-leaved violet is believed to no longer grow in Connecticut.

  • Family: violet (Violaceae)
  • Habitat: swamps; cool, moist woods
  • Height: 4 inches
  • Flower size: 1/4 to 3/8 inch wide
  • Flower color: white with purple lines
  • Flowering time: May to July
  • Origin: native

Photographed in Bruce County, Ontario in early June.



Kidney-leaved violet can be tricky to distinguish from other white-flowered violets, but the most distinctive characteristic is the leaves. They are wide, usually rounded at the tip, and have a shallow "sinus" -- the indentation between the lobes at the base. Photographed in Bruce County, Ontario in early June.