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Great-spurred Violet (Selkirk's Violet)
Viola selkirkii

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 extinct 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

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