Saturday, March 5, 2011

Dog Violet

Dog Violet, Viola labradorica, is a native member of the violet family that blooms in the spring. I took this photo at Crex Meadows at the beginning of May in 2010.

9 comments:

kanak7 said...

They're indeed very pretty!

Ever Green Tree said...

I have Violet petunia's blooming me my garden this spring. They look gorgeous! Nice shots.

Modern Mom said...

How gorgeous! Happy Sunday!

My entry.

The Gardener said...

This is my first time to see this kind of flowers. Interesting, they look like orchids. Beautiful colors.

May you have a great week ahead. Enjoy your weekend.

guild-rez said...

Can't wait to see violet flowers again in the forest or garden.
During the last month I noticed a new woodpecker showing up in our back yard. Feeding on our suet feeder - a beautiful yellow- breasted woodpecker. A lifer for me!!
- Cheers from Toronto,
Gisela

John S. Mead said...

I just saw the first small violets emerging when I was camping this week in east texas..... Spring is almost here!

Mama Zen said...

Lovely flowers!

Míriam Luiza said...

Esta foto é bonita, uma mistura de lilás, laranja forte do miolo e o verde das folhas, formando um conjunto harmonioso.

katy said...

This is bird-foot violet, Viola pedata, one of my favorite spring prairie flowers. Ways to tell different violet species apart are whether the flowers are "bearded" (little tufts of hair at the base of the lateral petals), whether they have stem leaves or just basal leaves, and the leaf shape. Bird-foot violet has beardless flowers that are relatively large for a violet, basal leaves only, and the leaves are deeply lobed, not unlike fingers. Dog violet, also known as Viola conspersa, has much smaller bearded flowers, and both stem and basal leaves that are more kidney or heart shaped. It is also more of a woodland species than bird-foot violet.