Viola rostrata Pursh - Spurred Violet
Family - Violaceae
Flowering - March - May.
Habitat - Rich moist woods, moist rocky slopes, often associated with Hemlock trees.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive species can be found in the northeastern portion of Alabama. The plant is fairly non-distinct while not in flower but can be instantly identified by its long-spurred flowers. The stipules of the flowers are typically, but not always, pectinate.
Photographs taken at the Walls of Jericho, AL., 3-4-06.