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Marsh Blue Violet
Viola cucullata

This is a violet of wet places. The most reliable way to identify this species is to look very closely at the beards on the lower side petals. In marsh blue violet, the hairs are thick and rounded at the tip, like tiny clubs. Other bearded blue violets have slender, pointed hairs. Other identifying marks: the flowers stand well above the leaves, and the petals usually are darker at the base.

• Family: Violet (Violaceae)
• Habitat: wet meadows, bogs
• Height: 5-10 inches
• Flower size: 3/4 inch wide
• Flower color: blue-purple
• Flowering time: April to June
• Origin: native

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Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.