Monday, May 2, 2011

Arrow-leaved Violet

Arrow-leaved Violet, Viola sagittata, grows along with the two previous post species. This plant is the only violet with heart-shaped leaves. I've never really looked at violets and just now becoming familiar with growth habits--flower structure and especially those hairy stems that bend over gracefully. I suspect there are other violet species about. I'll be on the lookout.


  1. There is a whole world of violets to be explored, botanical and magical!
    One of my favorite books growing up (still is) was Anne of Green Gables. The author Lucy M. Montgomery always wrote lovingly of violets. In the first volume she wondered if "amethysts can be the souls of good violets?".
    One paragraph in particular from the second volume (Anne of Avonlea) has a permanent place in my heart:
    "And I think the violets are little snips of sky that fell down when angles cut out holes for the stars to shine through".
    She then added:
    "And the buttercups are made of old sunshine; and I think sweet peas will be butterflies when they go to heaven".
    Charming thoughts for a spring day!
    ~ gretchen

  2. Such lovely comments! Thank you, Gretchen, for bringing some magic into our day.

    Botanically, I must remind myself to include various angles for each specimen. Sometimes it is the leaf or stem that nails the identification, and not the showy flower.