Viola villosa Walter - Carolina Violet
Family - Violaceae
Bracts of peduncle.
Flowering - February - April.
Habitat - Sandy or rocky soils, dry woods and clearings, sandhills.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive species can be found in just a handful of scattered Alabama counties. The plant can be identified by its acaulescent habit, blue flowers, and pubescent leaves and peduncles.
Photographs taken at Auburn University, AL., 3-6-05, and off Lee Rd 54, Lee County, AL., 3-12-06.