Viola lanceolata L. - Lance-leaved Violet


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Viola lanceolata - (image 1 of 5)



Family: Violaceae


Moist sandy soils or mucks. Sandy peat flats. Wet loamy sand.




ME and New Brunswick south to FL, west to western Ontario, MN, eastern OK and eastern TX.


Herbaceous perennial from slender, creeping rhizomes; in summer producing stolons in addition to cleistogamous flowers on erect peduncles. Leaves all basal, glabrous or somewhat hairy, narrow, mostly more than 3 times as long as wide, taping to the base, crenulate to serrate. Flowers ; petals white, beardless, the 3 lower with brown-purple veins near the base. Fruit green, ellipsoid, 5-8 mm.


Flowers mid April to late June

Wetland indicator: Obligate

Often found along streams and ponds where there is sandy soil.


Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.

The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.




 Michael Hough 2005