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Downy Yellow Violet
Viola pubescens

This is one of two species of yellow-flowered violet in Connecticut. Downy yellow violet has stems that bear both leaves and flowers. The other species, round-leaved violet, has 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

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